Many argue there is a connection between the Occupy Wall Street movement and other contemporary movements—specifically those in the Arab Spring. Kurt Anderson takes this further, arguing that not only is there a connection between the two, but that the movements in the Arab Spring, and specifically Tunisia, are what triggered a new wave of protests with renewed impact. Chris Wilson, Board Chair of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, writes that it was the pro-democracy movements in the Arab Spring which caused citizens in the US to question the effectiveness of their own democracy. Anderson makes the point that the stakes for protesters in the US are far different from protesters in other nations. Those in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria must be constantly afraid of death, imprisonment, and the general safety of themselves and their families. In the US, protesters are generally treated humanely by police, and at times even left to protest in peace. So, though it is the Arab Spring which, according to Anderson, triggered the OWS movement, individuals in the Arab Spring risked much more in joining those movements than did those in the OWS movement.
Anderson, Kurt. “The Protester.” TIME. Web. http://hnrs353.wikispaces.com/file/view/AndersenKurt.pdf
“Occupy & Arab Spring | Buddhist Peace Fellowship.” Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. <http://bpf.org/what-buddhists-are-saying/occupy-and-arab-spring>.
– Lauren Frank