In what should come as a surprise to no one, TIME Magazine has named “The Protester” as its Person of the Year.
No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints;they changed the world.
The cover art was done by Shepard Fairey.
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