The latest issue of COLORS covers the nature of protest, providing an insight into revolts across various cultures, with various goals and results. The 88th issue of the Benetton-owned cultural and social magazine explores all kinds of protesting movements (including violent ones) that influenced the history of different countries.
Although protests do not necessarily lead to changes in the ruling system, they cause a shift in the social consciousness. For the past three years, in more than 80 countries across the globe people went out onto the streets to voice disapproval of their governments’ rule, and in only 6 countries governments resigned. The latest COLORS issue tells how the protests emerge, spread, become revolutions, go serious or naïve, and fail—the stories are narrated by real people.
The issue features photographs from the scenes and interviews with the participants of some popular protests that have been shaking the world. The featured movements include South Korea’s anti-uprising volunteer corps, female drivers in Saudi Arabia, Mexico’s labor rights superheroes, fully-armed guns rights demonstrators in the USA, Palestinians dressing like blue aliens from Hollywood film Avatar, and more. COLORS #88 also tells about Occupy, Tahrir and FEMEN sextremists, who intend to draw more attention to social issues.
The publication also provides practical advice on protest strategies and techniques, which can help minimize physical harm to the protesters. For instance, it explains how to use a mattress as a shield, hold your breath until the tear gas dissolves, chain yourself to a tree, and more.