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Riots around globe are linked by common thread: frustration

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By Scott Martelle

If it's true that "a riot," as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "is the language of the unheard," then a lot of people around the world are becoming fluent in that particular dialect.

Hong Kong, with its epic showdown between street demonstrators and police over demands for more democracy, has grabbed most of the world's attention. But there also have been violent demonstrations in Barcelona, Spain, over sentences of up to 13 years handed down by the Spanish Supreme Court to leaders of the Catalan separatist movement whose criminal act was to oversee a nonbinding referendum.

Elsewhere, economics and corruption have been the driving force, as in Haiti, Ecuador and Chile in the Americas. In the Middle East, violent demonstrations have occurred in Lebanon and Iraq........

© The Korea Times