2013: The Year in Global Protest


Three years after crowds in Tunisia forced long-time dictator President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali into flight, and kicked off what would later be termed the “Arab Spring,” the world’s streets remain alive with protest. The year 2013 saw incessant calls for change, with social media continuing to play a crucial role in mobilizing demonstrators.

The year’s first protests had been brewing for nearly a month in India, in response to the New Delhi gang-rape of a female student, who later died of her injuries. Violent demonstrations erupted across the Indian capital, where crowds turned out in droves to demand justice. Across the border in Pakistan in November, throngs massed to call for an end to U.S. drone strikes in the country’s mountainous borderlands near Afghanistan. NATO supply lines were blocked in a show of anger.

During the summer, Tahrir Square was reclaimed for a series of protests that eventually resulted…

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