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Dissent and Democracy in Curacao: From Passivity to Aggression

Dissent and Democracy in Curacao: From Passivity to Aggression


February 3, 2024


Dissent is an essential aspect of any functioning democracy, providing a platform for individuals to voice their opinions and challenge established norms. However, the nature and extent of dissent can vary widely, and Curaçao is experiencing a rapid escalation in various forms of dissent, ranging from passive resistance to more aggressive demonstrations.

In Curaçao, dissent takes on a spectrum of forms, from passive resistance to aggressive confrontation. One notable trend is the swift rise of verbal aggression on social media platforms, mirroring an international pattern. While social media has become a powerful tool for raising awareness, it also amplifies the intensity of dissent.

Curaçao is not historically known for large-scale demonstrations. Typically, only a handful of people participate, reflecting a general trend of limited civic engagement. However, when demonstrations are backed by influential figures or entities, the turnout tends to be higher and more aggressive.

Labor situations in Curaçao often witness rapid escalation of conflicts, with strikes becoming a more frequent form of dissent. Unions argue that the swift escalation is necessary to avoid being ignored by authorities. The urgency to address grievances quickly has created an environment where dissent transforms from passive to aggressive.

Contrary to the more confrontational forms of dissent, instances of dialogue-based dissent are scarce in Curaçao. Meaningful discussions on contentious issues are nearly non-existent, contributing to a polarized environment where people feel compelled to adopt more aggressive forms of dissent to be heard.

Dissent is an integral part of any democratic society, allowing individuals to express their concerns and challenge the status quo. In Curaçao, the spectrum of dissent ranges from passive resistance to aggressive confrontation, with social media playing a significant role in the rapid escalation of verbal aggression. While demonstrations are not as common, labor conflicts often lead to swift escalation, reflecting the perceived necessity for immediate attention. Encouraging more dialogue-based dissent could contribute to a healthier democratic environment where citizens feel heard without resorting to aggressive means.


Miguel Goede

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