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Real Democracy Now?

By Simon Chouffot  

Pericles, the godfather of democracy, would have savoured the Arab uprisings these past few months. They echoed his own story of establishing the world’s first democratic society in Athens following the overthrow of Hippias, a dictator famed for his wealth and brutality. But 2,500 years after Pericles’s death, as the Arab Spring turns to summer and social unrest spreads north, he is once again helping to redefine what it means to take to the streets and demonstrate.

Since 15th May, thousands of young protesters—dubbed Los Indignados—have been camped in Madrid’s…

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