The announcement that Time Magazine has awarded its prestigious Person of the Year award to The Protester should not be surprising. However it is. More often than not there is an individual who warrants winning such an award.
2011 has however been the year of The Protester and so Time's choice should be expected. From protesters in the Middle East, who have ultimately toppled governments and ended decades old regimes, to less intense protests, the people of the World have truly revolted this year.
As Time points out for many people, especially those in the West, the last two decades have been quite prosperous. People had less to cause them to get of their backsides, become active and protest. Prior to this though protesters often were in effect making the news.
As a person old enough to remember the anti war and anti Greenham Common protests in the UK I know that protesting is nothing knew. However in some countries it is hard to do so. People in the Middle East faced danger by daring to use their voice. In Syria they still do. The Syrian protesters remain defiant in spite of the government's attempts to thwart them.
The UK has experienced student protests over ever increasing fees and pockets of Occupy protests. The Occupy protest movement has geared into action in countries such as America, the UK, Italy and Japan. As yet the authorities in these countries have not dragged protesters away to an uncertain fate in a police cell, unlike in the Middle East. Even Russia is now seeing protesters on its streets.
It seems that the people have had enough, especially of the lies. The boom years are over and people are not prepared to do without whilst a minority of people govern and prosper. Whether 2011 will see the end of protests or whether they will continue in to the New Year is not 100% certain.
However, unless things improve, and fast, they are liable to escalate. Full story at Time Magazine here
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog