& so could not be silenced, sequestered or denied
November 8, 2011 § 2 Comments
Sleeping on that pavement was not only a way to lay claim to the public, to contest the legitimacy of the state, but also quite clearly, a way to put the body on the line in its insistence, obduracy and precarity, overcoming the distinction between public & private for the time of revolution. In other words, it was only when those needs that are supposed to remain private came out into the day & night of the square, formed into image & discourse for the media, did it finally become possible to extend the space & time of the event with such tenacity to bring the regime down. After all, the cameras never stopped, bodies were there and here, they never stopped speaking, not even in sleep, & so could not be silenced, sequestered or denied — revolution happened because everyone refused to go home, cleaving to the pavement, acting in concert.
— Judith Butler, “Bodies in Alliance & the Politics of the Street”