FRANCE, Strasbourg : People demonstrate on September 21, 2009 in Strasbourg, eastern France, near a clock during an international “flashmob” action to “wake up world leaders to the crisis of climate change”, before the Copenhagen summit to be held in December 2009 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC). AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG
Flash mobs with a purpose are the newest form of political protest. Now one of Germany’s biggest unions is using them to fight labor disputes, asking members to desert loaded shopping carts in supermarket aisles. Businesses want flash mobs outlawed and are taking the case to Germany’s highest court.