These were the major movements that caught popular imagination. Even otherwise, mass protests across the world are on the rise.
In March, lakhs of people marched the streets of England over the economy. In May, students came out in Chile demanding social reform. In the same month, people came out on the streets of Spain demanding a much better democracy. The movement still continues. In July, lakhs of middle-class people protested in Israel demanding ‘social justice’...
The list is endless.
In fact, the Arab Spring affected almost every country in the world in some form or the other. While Europe is in the throes of an economic crisis, people from all across are protesting austerity measures and even want out of the Euro.
While most of the governments, leaders and economists are still firmly behind the Euro, public opinion is slowly going against it. It will be interesting to see how the “Euro divide” between the people and their masters will be sorted out in 2012.
Image: Chilean mining students protesting as part of the 2011 Chilean student protests (Photo Credit: Cymru.lass under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License)