I let time get away with me on this...
It's a take on the Modern Les Miserables competition. Enjolras, in any age, has to be consumed with the idea of freedom if he's to be Enjolras at all.
The burgeoning democratic movements across the Middle East - the Arab Spring - have a large student component. I hestitated over making him a woman, as Enjolras is a privileged individual and thus the argument should be made that he should still be a rich young man, but I've been so struck by the role of women in the uprisings.
The specific flag is Syrian, but the Arabic motto - which translates as "The people want to overthrow the regime" - is used in many of the countries where people are struggling to overthrow regimes and regain their voices and their freedom.