Much as protesters in Egypt and subsequently Libya, Bahrain and Yemen mobilized themselves via Facebook and Twitter, Belgium government campaigners are taking to social network sites as a mode of organizing political activism in their country. Only in this case, these demonstrators are going to particularly eccentric lengths to get a government rather than to topple a regime.
About 50 people, mainly students, stripped down to their underwear in the city of Ghent to mark what is a world record: a whopping 249 days of deadlock since the nation's parliamentary election on June 13, 2010.
"We hope to shake them up," one demonstrator remarked. "They have to give us something -- a government, something that can solve our problems."
As it turns out, there are reportedly more scintillating pranks in the works. One prominent actor has urged men to join a national shaving boycott, while a Ghent-based lawmaker senator suggested women go on a "sex strike" until a new cabinet is formed. Others are going a more savory route by staging a "fries revolution" to express their frustrations.
Watch video of Belgium's "naked protest" here: