Cost of living protests, as they are calling them, were particularly prominent in Western Europe, which is heavily reliant on cheap Russian gas. Now that cheap Russian gas is gone due to sanctions and the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines, people are upset, to put it simply.
Residents of countries like France and Germany who got used to cheap Russian gas are now cold and hungry due to their leaders' misguided policies. Many want answers, which is why they are swarming the streets in protest. (Related: Last fall, more than 70,000 protesters descended on Prague to make their voices heard about the energy crisis.)
All in all, the AU study found, there were more than 12,500 different cost of living protests that erupted last year throughout the world. The vast majority of them took place in Latin America and Southeast Asia, but Western Europe also saw a sizable number of them.
In Germany, there was an unusual uptick in the number of protests, according to the Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, which commissioned the research. Europe overall clocked in as having the third-greatest number of protests the world over at 2,500.
"This, it claims, represents over double the number of demonstrations that occurred in the Middle-East and North Africa combined within the same time period," one report explained about this unusual phenomenon.
According to Michael Bröning, the executive director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, the protest trends seen last year in Europe were "historically unique" as France, Germany, Italy, and Spain all made the top 10 list of countries that saw the highest number of cost-of-living protests in 2022.
The main driver of these protests, claims study author Naomi Hossain, was high energy costs more so than high food costs.
"There have never been so many cost-of-living – mainly energy – protests around the world documented in a single year before," Hossain remarked to the media. "Historically, food was the real flashpoint. Now energy is the big thing."
What these protests have done is shift support away from mainstream establishment political parties, which continue to show that they are not about We the People and are rather working for deep state globalists pushing their own agenda. Eventually, this will result in a shift of power as well.
Between the covid scamdemic, the war in Ukraine, and the so-called "green" policies being pushed by the likes of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the industrialized world is in a heap of trouble. Inflation continues to hold, putting pressure on the poorest families in western nations.
With world fertilizer supplies dwindling alongside rising costs, it is unlikely that things will get any better any time soon, either. There is likely to be even more food instability in the coming months and years, which will likely spark even more protests – including in places that traditionally have not seen that much civil unrest in the past.
"'The years of abundance are over,' the French Fairy recently declared," wrote a commenter on a story about this new study, referring to French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron. "This is certainly true for us, but definitely not for him."
"Totally off topic, but an innocent question: Does a sexual perversion guarantee you a high-ranking position in the international political arena?"
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