Waves of uprisings like those of 2011-12 are rare. In 1848, most of the liberal-nationalist insurgencies of Europe and Latin America were crushed. Many defeated Germans ended up in America, where they supported the anti-slavery cause. Some defeated rebels, like Richard Wagner, veered hard right. Gustave Flaubert withdrew from politics. Britain’s Chartist movement peaked, but most of its programme was subsequently passed. Some of the 2011-12 activists of Tahrir and Gezi have been murdered, jailed, hospitalised, or exiled. Others scramble to find continuations. While appreciating what the movements accomplished, many realise how isolated they were (“Cairo is not Egypt”, as the astute Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey warned in March 2011). No grail to compensate for the isolation of passionate democrats has been found. … [Read more...] about Where are the Occupy protesters now?
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After being pushed to the ground during her arrest, McMillan suffered further bruising and said that she had a seizure or anxiety attack. She previously said that she underwent treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. McMillan’s attorney, Martin Stolar, told Zweibel: “I urge the court to take into account the injuries that Miss McMillan suffered subsequent to her arrest … which will last probably the rest of her life." … [Read more...] about Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in jail
Campaigners say that the case raises the question of whether Hong Kong’s 50-year governing agreement with China, due to expire in 2047, still stands. The one-country, two-systems arrangement negotiated by Margaret Thatcher promised free elections and a democratic Hong Kong. Twenty-one years since the city was handed to China by the UK, there is less autonomy and weaker civil rights. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protesters go on trial as fight for democracy continues
The Hong Kong government is charging the mainland a token HK$1,000 (£99) a year in rent. The rail station is in one of the priciest areas for real estate in the world’s most expensive property market, and some opposition lawmakers have called the arrangement “laughable”. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong cedes part of rail station to China in secretive ceremony
It was the last day of testimony at the end of a four-week trial, but McMillan was trying to stay in an upstanding mode. Bolstered by her immaculate daily appearance in smart dresses, pearls and high heels, it seemed intended as the opposite of how a judge and jury would expect a violent protester to look and act. One morning early on, she startled a police officer guarding the courtroom by thanking him for his work. “Everyone says you have been so nice,” she told him. Without fail, she stood to attention and smiled politely at the jurors as they entered and exited several times each day. A chic handbag sometimes rested on the table beside her. … [Read more...] about Occupy trial juror describes shock at activist’s potential prison sentence