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Fury Erupts

Tired of talk, riotous crowds shake Europe.

At the start of 2009, fury is erupting. Today, something is qualitatively different about the mood on the street. For the first time in forty years, the anger of people is palpable. The general sense of discontent that was expressed in the Greek riots is spreading. And a storm is now shaking cities across Europe as protesters galvanized by the Gaza massacre smash windows, overturn cars and confront riot police. Given the passion for resistance already displayed, it appears likely that 2009 will become a year of fury.

Global protests against the invasion of Gaza raged furiously during this, the second week, of the Israeli war. Over 100,000 people marched in France, 70,000 in Brussels, 100,000 in Madrid, 100,000 in London and protests continue to appear in cities across Europe including Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Oslo, Sarajevo and Stockholm. However, unlike the antiwar protests of the past, what is remarkable now is the widespread militancy of protesters. In each city, riot police were called in and violent clashes ensued. London protesters smashed the windows of Starbucks, in Brussels they vandalized car windows and in Yemen police opened fire on protesters, wounding five. For a complete summary of the global protests, visit The Raw Story or The Daily Mail.

Rage is one factor that marks the mood of 2009 as different. And another is the militancy of average people. Like in Greece, where the majority supported the anarchist riots, today's militant protesters are also joined, and supported by, mainstream opposition. In the UK, for example, the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, declared: "The British government and European Union have the economic leverage to stop this carnage. They must take decisive action to force Israel to end the slaughter." And in Spain, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told protesters, "It is my duty to call on Israel to implement an immediate cease-fire."

At this moment it seems clear that the mood on the street is one of riotous fury. Only time can tell whether the passion will be sustained long enough to usher in systemic change.

Do you think your friends and neighbors are furious? What do you think is behind the passion sweeping the globe?

Micah M. White is a Contributing Editor at Adbusters Magazine and an independent activist. Micah is currently writing a book of philosophical meanderings into the future of activism. He lives in Binghamton, NY with his wife and two cats. www.micahmwhite.com

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56 comments on the article “Fury Erupts”

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Anonymous

The Daily Mail article is good for the pictures they've compiled. Don't read the content but take a look at the photos.

Anonymous

The Daily Mail article is good for the pictures they've compiled. Don't read the content but take a look at the photos.

Zechs

Rage is good, i always find myself laughing at protesters outside all those "trade meetings" or G8 summits. Mainly because they are usually protesting "IN THEIR DESIGNATED PROTESTING AREA". Far from the individuals they are protesting. That is not protesting, that is being herded. You can even see the politicians they protest chuckling as they come and go from their motorcades.

Zechs

Rage is good, i always find myself laughing at protesters outside all those "trade meetings" or G8 summits. Mainly because they are usually protesting "IN THEIR DESIGNATED PROTESTING AREA". Far from the individuals they are protesting. That is not protesting, that is being herded. You can even see the politicians they protest chuckling as they come and go from their motorcades.

ANONONA

Latvians rioted earlier today. One more country to the list. When will Americans WAKE UP and start taking to the streets?

ANONONA

Latvians rioted earlier today. One more country to the list. When will Americans WAKE UP and start taking to the streets?

Inga

Lithuanians went rioting on Friday. They and Latvians went to the streets, because they don't like current Governments, they don't really care about Israel and Palestine. Just imagine Americans going to the White House and getting rid of the Government. Anyways people should be furious for what's going on: wars and messed up finances, I think they should be furious much much more seriously...

Inga

Lithuanians went rioting on Friday. They and Latvians went to the streets, because they don't like current Governments, they don't really care about Israel and Palestine. Just imagine Americans going to the White House and getting rid of the Government. Anyways people should be furious for what's going on: wars and messed up finances, I think they should be furious much much more seriously...

angelenaH

getting tired of governmental oppression being angry is understandable protesting is a great way for people to come together to be heard. My neighbores and friends aren't interested in whats going on elsewhere. Passion is sweeping the globe because its needed. America won't join because we refuse to come together.

angelenaH

getting tired of governmental oppression being angry is understandable protesting is a great way for people to come together to be heard. My neighbores and friends aren't interested in whats going on elsewhere. Passion is sweeping the globe because its needed. America won't join because we refuse to come together.

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