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Friday, April 26, 2024



Ah, the Gaza war protests of today. It's like déjà vu all over again, isn't it? I mean, it's like we're stuck in a time warp, with the same old protests, the same old chants, and the same old clashes with the authorities. It's like the 60's and 70's all over again, only with better Wi-Fi and more avocado toast.

Back in the day, protesting was an art form. People didn't just march and hold signs – they got creative. They staged sit-ins, love-ins, and be-ins. They wore tie-dye and bell-bottoms, and they let their freak flags fly. They didn't just want change – they wanted a revolution, man.

And now, here we are in the 21st century, and it's like we're living in a remix of the past. The Gaza war protests have the same energy, the same passion, and the same sense of righteous anger. It's like the 60's and 70's are back, only this time we have TikTok and vegan cheeseburgers.

But let's not forget the differences. Back in the day, protesters had to rely on word of mouth and underground newspapers to spread the word. Now, we have social media, where a single tweet can spark a movement. It's like the revolution will be live-streamed.

And then there's the music. In the 60's and 70's, protest music was everywhere – Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Marvin Gaye were the soundtrack of the resistance. Today, we have Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino speaking truth to power. The beat goes on.

Of course, there are some things that never change. The authorities still don't know how to handle a protest. Back in the day, they used tear gas and water cannons. Today, they use pepper spray and rubber bullets. It's like they're stuck in their own time warp, unable to learn from history.

But let's not forget the fashion. In the 60's and 70's, protesters dressed like they were going to Woodstock. Today, they dress like they're going to Coachella. It's all about flower crowns and vintage band t-shirts. The revolution will be Instagrammed.

And then there's the slogans. In the 60's and 70's, it was "Make love, not war" and "Power to the people." Today, it's "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace." The words may change, but the sentiment remains the same.

So here we are, stuck in this weird time loop where the past keeps repeating itself. The Gaza war protests of today are like a throwback to a bygone era, only with better technology and more inclusive language. It's like history is trying to tell us something, but we're too busy taking selfies at the barricades to listen.

But maybe that's the point. Maybe the Gaza war protests are a reminder that some things never change – that the fight for justice and equality is a timeless struggle. Maybe it's a wake-up call to remember that the spirit of the 60's and 70's is alive and well, and that we can still change the world if we just keep on keepin' on.

So let's raise our peace signs high and our voices even higher. Let's keep on marching, keep on singing, and keep on fighting for a better tomorrow. Because as long as there are wars to protest and injustices to right, we'll always have a little bit of the 60's and 70's in us. And that's something worth celebrating – with or without avocado toast.

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