Monday, January 31, 2011

Furious in pink

The protesters who filled the streets of Sana, the Yemeni capital, on Thursday demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader claimed inspiration from similar large antigovernment protests that have rattled Egypt and toppled the government in Tunisia this month.

But among the details distinguishing these marchers--including a higher degree of organization and, at least for now, no major clashes--was the preponderance of pink. Headbands, sashes, banners of cloth or paper, even the ink of the blaring slogans were a delicate pastel pink...

Opposition lawmakers began by wearing purple hats and scarves during sessions of Parliament. They moved, as planned, to pink for Thursday’s protest, choosing the color to represent love and to serve as a signal that the protests were peaceful, according to Shawki al-Qadi, a lawmaker and opposition figure.

-- Yemen’s Opposition Goes to Code Pink, in the NYTimes

[Photo: Gamal Noman/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images]

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