This revolution started in 2002 and culminated in May 2005 when more than a 1,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Kuwaiti parliament to demand women’s suffrage. The demonstrators wore pale blue to demonstrate the long struggle for suffrage. The color of the signs of the protesters led to the naming of the revolution.
Named after the color of the robes of Buddhist monks in Myanmar (Burma), in September 2007 hundreds of thousands of monks, students, and political activists protested the country’s military junta and demanded democratic reform. The uprising began in response to the government ending fuel subsidies without warning, causing massive spikes in prices in food and transportation.
Demonstrators took to the streets in the summer of 2009 to protest the Iranian government. The activists pioneered the use of dating websites and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook when communicating with other protestors and the media. The protestors, who accused the government of voting fraud, wore green ribbons in support of defeated presidential candidate Hossein Mousay.
The rebellion that launched the Arab Spring is named after Tunisia’s yellow state flower. Protests broke out in Tunisia in late 2010, sparked by a street vendor setting himself on fire. The discontent spread to other nations in North Africa and the Middle East, leading to uprisings in Egypt and Libya, and an ongoing civil war in Syria.