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Old 03-09-2014, 04:23 PM
Location: Bulgaria
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Some experts and popular bloggers have called 2013 the year of protest (anti-government demonstrations with a very high turnout took place in Egypt, Ukraine, Brazil, Turkey and many other countries)

2013 - Year of Protest - YouTube

2013: The year of protest | Social Watch

What are your thoughts on political protests – are you skeptical with regard to the power of mass movements to bring about beneficial transformations or do you regard them as an essential component of democracy (possibly more important than casting ballots)?

Would you feel uncomfortable residing in a country that is frequently engulfed in protests? Certain states have a “culture of protest”, while in others (even if non-totalitarian) protest activities are very uncommon. Would the frequency of political protests factor in your decision-making process as to whether torelocate to a certain state or not?

Which democratic countries are the most protest friendly (police officers are unlikely to take heavy-handed measures against demonstrators, the media cover them in a sympathetic fashion) and which are the least protest friendly (political demonstrationsare generally not considered socially acceptable, laws pertaining to mass citizen gatherings are strictly enforced, though protests are not outlawed)?

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