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60 Protest Innovations

A Civil Disobedience List Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian Riots

— February 2, 2011 — Pop Culture
The 2011 Egyptian riots have shaken the middle east and the world, but rather than being an isolated event, they are merely the latest in human civilization’s longstanding affinity for public protest.

Thomas Jefferson once said that "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all," and his words could all too easily be applied to the 2011 Egyptian riots. In the spirit of this quote, however, this collection looks back on some important protest innovations, triumphs and failures.
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Powerful Political Protest Videos
Powerful Political Protest Videos
This Egyptian Protest Viral Peers Inside the Country's Unrest
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Social Media Videojournalism
Social Media Videojournalism
Egypt: A Nation Forced Offline Delivers a Profound Viral Message
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57
Linguistic Protests
Linguistic Protests
English Professor Ousted from Starbucks for Refusing to Use the Lingo
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Rebellious Protest Photography
Rebellious Protest Photography
The Color Picture Series from Sam Durrant Takes a Stand
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55
Flash Mob Politics
Flash Mob Politics
Egyptian Protests Threatened by Social Media Shut-Downs
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54
Viral Peace Initiatives
Viral Peace Initiatives
The Dalai Lama Handshake Revolution
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53
Olympic Protest
Olympic Protest
Torch Snuffed Out Twice in Paris, Attacked in London
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52
Buddhist Activists Protest China Online
Buddhist Activists Protest China Online
Digital Dharma
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51
Profane Protests
Profane Protests
Viral Chinese 'Grass Mud Horse' Pranks Fight for Freedom of Speech
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50
Viral Online Protests
Viral Online Protests
Facebook Reverses its TOS After Viral Backlash, Begs Users to Stay
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49
Global Human Rights Concerts
Global Human Rights Concerts
Alaska Hosts 'Free Tibet' Concert
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48
Successful iPhone 3G Protests
Successful iPhone 3G Protests
Rogers Lowers Prices in Canada
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47
Eco Protest Through Spoofs
Eco Protest Through Spoofs
Greenpeace Kleercut Kleenex Parody
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46
Unlikely Media Protests
Unlikely Media Protests
Bon Jovi Joins Protest of 'Guitar Hero 5' Over Kurt Cobain Likeness
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45
Fake Currency As Protest
Fake Currency As Protest
The Zero Dollar Bill
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44
Roof-Top Protests
Roof-Top Protests
Greenpeace Fights E-Waste From the Roof of Hewlett-Packard
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43
Political Wolf Hunt Protests
Political Wolf Hunt Protests
Defenders of Wildlife Against Sarah Palin
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42
Extreme Climate Change Protest
Extreme Climate Change Protest
Greenpeace Jumps On Airplane
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41
Tweeting Maintenance Mayhem
Tweeting Maintenance Mayhem
Scheduled Twitter Shutdown Paused For Iranian Protests
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40
Protester Armor
Protester Armor
The C.O.P Suit Helps Protect You While You Stand For Your Cause
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39
Facebook for Humanitarianism
Facebook for Humanitarianism
A Million Voices Against FARC
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38
Parisian Protest Posters
Parisian Protest Posters
Activists Take Over Subway Billboards in Paris, France
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37
China's Designated Protest Zones
China's Designated Protest Zones
Beijing Prepares for Olympic Anger
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36
Crowdsourced Protest Posters
Crowdsourced Protest Posters
Alto Arizona Art Campaign Takes on Arizona Immigration Law
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35
Flash Mob Activism
Flash Mob Activism
Swiss Flashmobs Demonstrate Possibilities of Nuclear Plant Meltdown
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34
Political Protests at Sporting Events
Political Protests at Sporting Events
Flyers-Rangers Fans Boo Sarah Palin
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33
Knitting as Political Protest
Knitting as Political Protest
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32
Surveillance Protest Art
Surveillance Protest Art
CCTV's Collage of P.M. Gordon Brown
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Live Revolutions on Twitter
Live Revolutions on Twitter
With All Media Channels Blocked, Moldova Shows Conflict on Interne
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30
Successful Social Media Protests
Successful Social Media Protests
Did James Franco Cancel UCLA Commencement Speech Due to Facebook?
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Mysterious Male Protesters
Mysterious Male Protesters
Anniversary of the 'Tank Man' in Tiananmen Square
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28
Extreme Protest
Extreme Protest
Bolivian Prostitutes Sew Mouths Shut
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27
Fleshmobs at Airports
Fleshmobs at Airports
Germans Bare All to Protest Full Body Scanners
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Riot Tourism
Riot Tourism
Political Activist Travel Breaks Down Geographic Barriers for Protesters
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25
Angry Photography
Angry Photography
'They Were Not Happy' by Daniel Van Lopes Explores Discontent
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24
Pixacao Protests
Pixacao Protests
Graffiti Artists Deface Street Art Exhibit
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23
Raging Riot Photography
Raging Riot Photography
Boston.com Captures Piercing Protest Pictures
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Pet Lover Protests
Pet Lover Protests
Chinese Demonstrate Against Cat Meat Industry
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21
Revealing Activist Photography
Revealing Activist Photography
G20 London Protest Photographs Capture Truth of Political Action
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20
Protest 2.0
Protest 2.0
Online Dot Matrix Graffiti Bike
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19
Urban Protest Art
Urban Protest Art
The Anti-Gentrification Street Art in Alabama is Something Worth Fighting For
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18
Stripping Down for Alter-Globalization
Stripping Down for Alter-Globalization
European Social Forum Protest
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17
Chaotic Destruction Imagery
Chaotic Destruction Imagery
Benjamin Lowy Photos Capture the Harsh Realities of Conflict
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16
Anti-Palin Alaskan Protests
Anti-Palin Alaskan Protests
Pun-Laden Political Slogans
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15
Protesting Horse-Drawn Carriages
Protesting Horse-Drawn Carriages
Kirsten Johnston for PETA
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14
Agent Provocateur's Guantánamo Bay Protest
Agent Provocateur's Guantánamo Bay Protest
'Fair Trial My Arse' Panties
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13
World Naked Bike Rides
World Naked Bike Rides
Participation Doubles
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12
Nude Nuclear Protests
Nude Nuclear Protests
‘The Environmentals' Stage Clothes-Free Activism Contest
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11
Protest Poster Mania
Protest Poster Mania
Vehement Tax Day Tea Party Signs in Chicago Bash Barack Obama
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10
Naked On A Glacier
Naked On A Glacier
Hundreds Freeze For Global Warming Campaign
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9
Riot Beauty Photography
Riot Beauty Photography
Muir Vidler Captures Some Cheeky Girls in Harmful Situations
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8
Artistic Financial Crisis Protests
Artistic Financial Crisis Protests
Burning Money & Body Painting With Ashes
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7
Olympic Activists
Olympic Activists
Amanda Beard Naked for PETA
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6
Nude For PETA
Nude For PETA
Sophie Monk + 5 Other Celebs Strip For Animals
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5
Humorous Demonstrations
Humorous Demonstrations
The Best Protest Signs of 2009
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4
Risque Public Protests
Risque Public Protests
PETA: Bare Skin, Not Bear Skin
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3
Riot Photography
Riot Photography
Crowdsourced Photography Becomes Go-To for G20 Riots in Toronto
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2
Environmental Nudity
Environmental Nudity
'World Naked Bike Ride' in Support of the Environment
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Naked Protesting
Naked Protesting
Hot 'Chicks' Battle KFC in Australia
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