The Revolution Will Be Commercialized


Sun, Mar 6th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

China may have blocked the flux of information into their country about the Egyptian revolution, but that didn't stop the mighty Chinese manufacturing sector from finding a way to make a buck out of it.

Only a few weeks after former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled following mass demonstrations and violent street battles launched by government security forces and pro-Mubarak thugs, roads which were once littered with rocks and molotov cocktails are now teeming with market stalls offering every conceivable type of plastic protest kitsch. Bandanas jostle with car licence plates, martyrs' calendars are on sale next to "freedom pendants" and t-shirts, and flags -- Egyptian, Libyan, and beyond, all made in China -- are for sale by the bucket-load on every city corner. The revolution has been well and truly merchandised.



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