What do the Arab Spring, austerity protests in Europe, Occupy, the student protests in Quebec, and now the protests in Turkey all have in common?
Despite the individual detailed grievances, they all boil down to the same thing. They all are about a sense of disenfranchisement. Perhaps the disenfranchisement is the direct lack of effect of a vote of the Arab Spring. Or perhaps it is a government that has loyalties to the rich and to large corporations and not to people. Or perhaps it is the sense of disenfranchisement caused by a government, which, once elected, believes they have ultimate power.
Regardless of cause, the disenfranchised have a kinship. And so when a group decides to rise up and yell “NO MORE! We will not have our voices silenced!” a thousand other voices scream out “Solidarity!”