In a constantly changing world, it’s easy to assume we have no power over the inevitable changes made by Government officials, or those in suits, sitting in offices pushing their corporate agendas. In this day and age people have especially started to feel a little out of control in their daily environment, with political uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Donald Trump aiming to build a wall between Mexico and America, Putin’s Russia constantly ending up in the news because of some form of covert attack and Italy’s current political power struggle – just to name a few. It’s easy to see why many of us feel as if we have no control. But, maybe it’s time to take a look at those who decided to take back the power from would be oppressors and fight for a better world. So grab your Che Guevara t-shirt and say it with me ‘Viva la revolución’
The Estonian music revolution
We’ve spoken about the power of the Camden punk scene and how it all started with a little political anarchy. The locals of Estonia also used the power of music to fight an unwanted political agenda, the Soviet Union who occupied their country. Towards the end of the 1980s, the Estonians fought back with the power of music. The Soviets outlawed all Estonian national songs and hymns. So in an act of defiance 300,000 locals came together in what is now known as ‘The Song of Estonia” festival in 1988. Over a quarter of the population came together to sing their national songs and listen to speakers spreading the message of independence.
The movement continued when Soviets responded by trying to tear down TV and radio aerials, but the revolutionists would not take this lying down, they created human shields and all their hard work eventually paid off. Estonia gained their independence in 1991, with no military interference.
The Rose Revolution
A fairly romantic name for a political movement in Georgia. It was remembered as a time of change during twenty days of protests from the 3rd to the 23rd of November 2003 and the name comes from one major act of rebellion, Mikheil Saakashvili’s gallantly stormed Parliament with fellow demonstrators, in his hand were a bunch of beautiful red roses. It’s an act that truly made a mark on history.
The movement itself may have only lasted around three weeks, but it managed to trigger parliamentary elections, which lead to Georgia pursuing a pro-western foreign policy and has played a major part in the tensions between Georgia and Russia.
Even if you know nothing of the Cuban revolution, no doubt you know many of the key players involved, especially as many played an important role in the inevitable cold war. In 1952 an army General named Batista overthrew the current Government of Cuba and decided to cancel all elections. This angered a young Cuban lawyer who went by the name Fidel Castro and over the coming years, he waged war against Batista. Along with key Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. In 1959 Castro overthrew the Government and named himself ‘leader for life.’ He soon started a close relationship with Soviet Russia.
The October Revolution
Russia has been through severe political change. But, the October Revolution was renowned as one that changed the course of history in Russia. What started as a series of protests by Bolsheviks in Petrograd resulted in them overthrowing the Russian Provisional Government and giving power to the Soviets. Although many didn’t recognise it as a real revolution the Bolsheviks still managed to spark off a series of events that would lead to civil war and the eventual creation of the Soviet Union.
These are just a few revolutions that changed the course of history and proves that there is power in people. No doubt you have a fair few stories about revolutions and fighting against hypocrisy in your corner of the world. But, these are just a few examples to get your blood boiling. So get out there, fight the power and remember viva la revolución!