Friday, 28 January 2011
Velvet Revolutions of the world.
Between November and December 29th in 1989, the people of Czechoslovakia overthrew their communist dictatorship with the resistance of non-violent means into a democracy, lead by the great Václav Havel. The revolution is since known as velvet, for its pacifism as well as informally from the inspiration of the illegally circulated sound of The Velvet Underground. 22 years later, the people of Egypt stand against the Murbarak dictatorship, and on December 28th will march in their millions upon Cairo, instigated in their masses by the Muslim Brotherhood. The protesters are shot at, their Internet connections used to network their movement through Twitter and Facebook are cut, while they are deprived of water and light. Not even the Green Movement of Iran has been victim to such oppression from the fleeing fears of their totalitarian and fundamentalist government. Egyptians are inspired by the people of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, a country with an instated cabinet whose legitimacy is as void as that of the deposed Ben Ali dictatorship they realized as. Yemen may certainly follow. Iran's Green Movement will almost certainly renew. On the 29th of November, the exact 22nd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the United Kingdom will stand against our coalition government's mass cuts in public education and welfare, virtual privatization of our National Health Service, and compliance to the vested interests of tax evading corporations and banking sector. I lament to not be able to attend in London personally. But I will informationally stand through the mediums that guide the revolutions and practice of democracy today.