Monday, November 19, 2007

One way of ensuring your message gets out

Five words – “Why don’t you shut up!” - have catapulted King Juan Carlos, the Spanish monarch, to internet stardom! King Juan Carlos of Spain became so enfuriated with comments made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez he told him to 'shut up' on camera. This request is now a popular ringtone among Venezuelan students who are using it as a form of protest: "It's something that a lot of people would like to tell the president". It has even become a slogan on T-shorts, mugs and all sorts of memorabilia and is a popular hit on Youtube. Through losing his temper Juan Carlos has managed to capture public attention and become a pseudo hero for the anti-Chavez movement. Perhaps many activists could learn a lesson from this!

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