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Topic - Kemal Kirisci
Mass protests in Brazil and halfway around the world in Turkey are the latest manifestations of the coming of age of a politically aware global middle class that, armed with little more than Twitter and Facebook, is demanding greater government accountability, basic rights and a more equitable distribution of resources.
"The message that is given is 'If you have any problems, wait until the next election.'" Mr. Kirisci said.
"In an ironic way, [the protests are] a product of the success of this government in helping to develop a stronger middle class, especially the highly educated section of the middle class that lives in the cities. ... The government's failure to hear their voice and the adoption of policies that these people feel are strangling their individualistic liberties," Mr. Kirisci said.