Dennis G. Kloeth, Jakarta | Mon, 07/18/2011 8:00 AM
The start of democratization or the “Asian Spring”, in all of Asia, perhaps, may be a foregone conclusion, but for governments such as the ones of Malaysia, Myanmar and China (to name just a few), history may well be their best teacher and advisor. Over the past 60 years, “people movements” around the world have proven to be an unbeatable force.
Going down the road of history, one could see that, in the 1960s, European students were setting up democratic movements. They were clearly dissatisfied with the world they inherited from their parents and in a bid to have “a say” in the way (their) universities were run and in support of the urban poor, in May 1968, they took to the streets.