Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Putting protests in perspective

Over at Hit & Run, Katherine Mangu-Ward writes:

Today's Tea Party protests may be having some permitting troubles, but here's a little dose of protest perspective from today's New York Times:

15afghan2-600  KABUL, Afghanistan — The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.

“Get out of here, you whores!” the men shouted. “Get out!”...

But the march continued anyway. About 300 Afghan women, facing an angry throng three times larger than their own, walked the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that Parliament repeal a new law that introduces a range of Taliban-like restrictions on women, and permits, among other things, marital rape.

The same post also refers to protests by same sex couples in Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota who believe they are being overcharged by the government because of discriminatory tax laws that favour traditional married couples over other relationships.

Cross-posted to The Shotgun.

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