Going about gloating that "we don't have leaders" show naivety by some of these protesters. Protest is merely a door opener. Detailed policy formulation, coordination & direction is needed to get change. That cannot happen without some leadership. Consensus need leadership input
Even as a nation, we practice "Representative democracy" since we ALL cannot be making decisions directly for the nation. I will advise the protesters to assemble a Leadership Team that will take all the grievances to Govt, with the choice of coming out again if no progress
The govt cannot negotiate with hundreds of protesters who may have hundreds of responses to the same question. A leadership team is needed for coordination and direction. Progress can then be measured over time with future protests possible if govt does not play ball.
If this is not done soon; public support will evaporate as daily lives and livelihoods are destroyed by blockades of the protesters. This is patently self-defeating and undesirable.

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