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[liberationtech] Fwd: Changing (and contested) citizen (cyber)activism -- OpenDemocracy article by Lisa Veneklasen, Nov.10 / 2011

Michael Allan mike at
Sat Nov 12 11:14:01 PST 2011

Thanks for sharing David,

davidicus wrote, quoting Lisa Veneklasen:
> The resonance of hope, amplified by social media, can be illustrated
> by this message the Tunisians sent to the Occupy movement: “So we
> stand with you not just in your attempts to bring down the old but
> to experiment with the new. We are not protesting. Who is there to
> protest to? What could we ask them for that they could grant? We are
> occupying. We are reclaiming those same spaces of public practice
> that have been commodified, privatised and locked into the hands of
> faceless bureaucracy, real estate portfolios and police
> ‘protection.’ Hold on to these spaces, nurture them and let the
> boundaries of your occupations grow.”

That message was ostensibly from Egypt I think, not Tunisia.  But the
actual source appears to be uncertain.  Maybe this was the original

Michael Allan

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