Colorful Saturday Night Live.

Colorful Revolutions.

Who would ever think that yellow, velvet, rose, orange, blue or grape can have any deep political implications. Or overthrow dictators. Or combat corruption?

Central and Eastern-European examples from the 1980’s and 90’s prove that the power of color is actually more that we could have ever imagined. ‘Colored Revolutions’, as that phenomenon was dubbed, was a sequence of nonviolent resistance movements spreading from Vistula to Volga. Those actions were mostly anti Communist or aimed at combating social injustice like corruption in universities or army. Characterized by peaceful and civil manner, like strikes, demonstrations or interventions, they often attained their objectives. A successful example of which can be the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 or Georgia’s Rose Revolution in 2003. In those cases, massive protests led to fair elections and overthrow of authoritarian leaders.

Although vastly criticized as ineffective, due to their lack of focus on law and institution building which in some cases led to their collapse, they opened the doors to democracy and created a strong pressure for change. Ergo, they were not only one-time massively inspirational events, initiating a domino-effect in different parts of the world but also a strong example of how an organized group of civilians can make an actual change.

zuza.

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