While in Croatia, my husband and I stumbled upon a street where beautiful umbrellas were hanging above us. It was artistic and inviting. It took no time at all for several of us to take pictures jumping in the air as if trying to reach the umbrellas. It felt free and exciting to just leap.
Recently, students in China have been in the streets protesting for democracy. They have stood in the face of tear gas, threats and outrage by the government. When the tear gas started, they put up umbrellas to protect themselves. Thus, the name “Umbrella Revolution” came into being. They say that they are committed to non-violence so they encourage each other to stay at peace. People bring food to make sure that they are nurtured. They are fighting for a fair election in 2017. Why so far out? They want to bring an awareness of how the current system works. At the moment, the government is only allowing people to run that are vetted and loyal to the communist regime. These young people want candidates with different and expansive ideology to be able to run for office and bring democracy to the country. [Read more...]