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The Non-Arab Spring: A ‘Cheat Sheet’ on Venezuela, Ukraine, and Thailand

Via CNN:

Here’s a cheat-sheet guide to protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela:


What are protesters’ demands?

rotesters in Bangkok have been calling for months for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they allege is a puppet of her billionaire brother, the deposed, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Who’s protesting?

Opposition to Thaksin and Yingluck is strongest among the urban elites and middle class. That’s why the demonstrations have been concentrated in Bangkok. The protesters want to replace Yingluck’s government with an unelected “people’s council” to see through electoral and political changes.

When did demonstrations start?

Protests began in November after Yingluck’s government tried to pass an amnesty bill that would have paved the way for her brother’s return to the political fray.

What’s the latest?

Deadly violence erupted in the heart of Bangkok Tuesday as anti-government protesters clashed with police, and the country’s anti-corruption commission filed charges against the Prime Minister.

[GP]: Click on the link above for information on Ukraine and Venezuela.

- Greg Pollowitz

Tags: Ukraine , Venezuela , Thailand , protests , democracy , Putin

Angry California Youth Focus Their Ire at ‘The Man’, a.k.a. ‘Urban Outfitters’


In today’s Jolt, a look at at easily overlooked bit of news from the weekend:

Santa Cruz-ing For a Bruising

Boy, if it’s not crazed Islamists, it’s deranged militia types. Who else is out to get us these days?

The Mercury News: “A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched, breaking storefront windows and writing “anarchist graffiti” on buildings, according to Capt. Steve Clark. Many businesses sustained multiple broken windows including very large storefront windows at Urban Outfitters and The Rittenhouse building. Police believe at least 15 businesses suffered damage.”


By the way, I cannot tell the difference between the trust-fund radicals who dress in black and try to smash stuff at Urban Outfitters and the tragically hip trust-fund bohemians who actually shop at Urban Outfitters. In fact, a few years back, I could have sworn that the Georgetown Urban Outfitters designed their store window to look like it had already been smashed.

Jim Hoft has video. Paddy at Political Carnival hits on a similar question, namely why the Anarchists hook up with the let’s-expand-government liberal protests. (Probably because if they pulled this stunt at a Tea Party, their first storefront window they broke would be their last as a well-regulated militia of their fellow citizens put the first warning shot through their rock-throwing hand.) “How they equate Anarchists with Liberals/Progressives I don’t know . . . but they do. Aren’t they always whining about how we love “Mommy Government”? Yep, totally makes sense that we’d join up with a “movement” that wants no government, no authority. I detest how these little idjits reflect on us by default. But we will be hearing about this tomorrow . . . Don’t even get me started on the so called “anarchists”. Stupid little punk ass whiners, thinking they’re all that with their (gasp) black clothes and even MOHAWKS!!! How utterly original. Bet you guys even get high and plot to take over the world? Make loud aggressive music on shoddy instruments? Who woulda thunk.”

Dan Riehl:Contrary to a Mercury News report, this is about illegal immigration, not immigration, or worker’s rights . . . CNN tweeted an unofficial video with a disclaimer – don’t blame the protesters! Pity they didn’t go to such lengths to defend the Tea Party protests. If anything, they did the opposite by mischaracterizing them as what this protest was – unlawful and out of control.”

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