Time Magazine names 'The Protester' Person of the year

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Washington, Dec 15: The Time magazine has named the "Protester" as its 2011 person of the year. According to media reports, the magazine has honoured those who stood up for common people from India's face of anti-corruption movement - Anna Hazare to Tunisia's street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire sparking the Arab Spring.

The magazine says that the revolution began in Tunisia where a 26-year-old street vendor set himself on fire in Dec 2010 over the dictator's callousness towards the citizens. Later the movement was spread as “Arab Spring” revolution that egged on protests and marches throughout the U.S., spilled over into Europe and Australia, and most recently Russia.

The US magazine published the photo essay of 30 ordinary citizens including a close-up profile of a smiling and Gandhicap wearing Hazare who has been struggling for a strong Lokpal bill since last one year. A quotation as caption below the anti-corruption crusader's photo reads, "When God wants to bring change, he needs a vehicle of change and I became that vehicle." The Magazine also honoured Ahmed Hazare, a Cairo dentist who was blinded by rubber bullets during clashes in Jan, protesters from occupy Wall street movement, Egyptian protesters and Greek protest dog Loukanikos.

The magazine which hits the newsstands soon has featured a cover photo of a female Arab protester. Last year, the Time had picked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as the Person of the year.

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