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Tahrir Square: the meme
Tahrir Square is a place, but it is also an idea– a central encampment, held for as long as possible, acting as a hub for dissent. In the wake of the Egyptian Revolution we are witnessing the spread of the tactics and symbols of these protests across the continents memetically, not because of any specific tactical or political efficacy relevant to each individual location, but as a semi-conscious linking of different struggles.
This section will explore the ‘links’ borne out of the Arab Spring and seek to understand the Spring’s global incarnations. Are both east and west facing the same economic forces of the global downturn that precipitate unrest? Is there a symbiotic relationship between the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa and those in Chile and the Occupy London Stock Exchange?