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Do you protest? Why? Does it work?

Kevin Anderson | 12:57 UK time, Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Protests in FrancePopular strikes and demonstrations have brought Thailand and France into the headlines this week, but have the protestors actually got what they want, in the end?

Thaksin Shinawatra's decision to step aside as Thailand's prime minister has left both his party and his opponents with many unanswered questions. The French protestors may yet forced a government climb-down, but will this damage social reform in the long-run in France?

We often hear about direct action in different parts of the world, and we want to hear from you if you have taken part in a demonstration, and whether you feel you achieved anything. Maybe you live in Ecuador where popular protest has removed three presidents in eight years, or in Ukraine where the so-called Orange Revolution has turned sour for many, or you took part in protests against the war in Iraq before it started.

Do you feel your voice was heard? Does popular protest actually undermine the democratic power of the ballot box in the long-run by? How important is the right to strike? Does popular protest ever achieve its goal?


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