Time magazine has named its person of the year – The Protester, in recognition of dissenting voices across the world.
People who took part in the Arab Spring and ‘Occupy’ demonstrations across the world, as well as protesters in Israel, India, Greece, Chile and China, had most influenced the culture and the news in 2011, it said. ‘Is there a global tipping point for frustration?
Everywhere, it seems, people said they’d had enough,’ said editor Rick Stengel.
‘They dissented; they demanded; they did not despair, even when the answers came back in a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets. They literally embodied the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change.’
Admiral William McRaven, commander of the secret US mission into Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May, was No.2 in the list.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also credited with helping to boost the royal family’s popularity. Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, 27, was 2010’s Time person of the year.