STREET SPIRIT: The Power of Protest and Mischief


STREET SPIRIT: The Power of Protest and Mischief

STEVE CRAWSHAW    Book Number: 88322    Product format: Hardback

Published in association with Amnesty International this remarkable book is a celebration of some of the most creative protests from around the world which have used humour and courage to bring about change. No matter what kind of society we live in, it takes the individual to rebel and exercise civil disobedience for those in power to recognise public concerns. Authoritarian rule is serious and incapable of humour, it exercises strict control over thoughts and often we see protests held for legitimate reasons, yet executed with a lack of creativity. Aiyy Weiwei said "Never retreat, retweet." Tahrir Square Cairo, Prague November 1989 with the Velvet Revolution mass protests (and jangled keys) which ended 40 years of one party rule in just a week; Communist authorities, North Korea, Belarus 2011, China and Hong Kong, where sandwich-eating and book reading becoming arrestable activities according to the junta in Bangkok Thailand, Istanbul 2013, Skopje Macedonia May 2016 where paint-filled balloons targeted grandiose new buildings and nationalist monuments, women in the driving seat in Saudi Arabia, transgender bathrooms, licking elbows in Sudan, waving the Aboriginal flag at the Commonwealth Games Canada 1994, protesting with coat hangers, confronting violence and the military with flowers and nuns, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kye released after almost 20 years of house arrest, 11,541 red chairs laid out to commemorate each of the victims of Sarajevo's three-year siege that had become 20 years earlier, Wikileaks, toppling statues, the 400-mile human chain in Estonia, rapping against inhumanity, art and defiance like Russian Petr Pavlensky's Stitched Mouth, filming in Tehran, remote controlled killing machines that are US Military drones, banned books and dangerous reading, Putin's guys and Siberian dolls, puppets against Assad, here is all manner of dictatorships which foster oppression, servitude and idiocy. Many colour illus, 128 large pages.
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