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Protests have long been a powerful political tool for enacting change and expressing discontent.
From the Civil Rights Movement's the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to Indian independence, protests have left powerful marks upon the world. Historically, protests have served as an outlet for marginalized groups to articulate their frustrations - and make their demands known. One such example is New York's Stonewall riots, which kicked off the modern Pride movement and mainstream LGBTQ visibility.
Today, protests like last month's Global Climate Strike and Hong Kong's ongoing mass protests are calls for politicians to change their policies. The climate strike, for example, drew over 6 million protesters around the world, making it the biggest demonstration against climate change in history.
While protests have changed significantly with the rise of technology and social media, they're still powerful agents for change.
In an interview with WNYC's On The Media, technological sociologist Zeynep Tufekci said that modern protest has the "capacity for changing the narrative."
"The thing is, though in the past, you can think of the protest as an exclamation mark at the end of a long sentence, whereas right now it's just the first word in a potential sentence," Tufekci told WNYC.
Protests are happening right now, all over the world, from the "yellow vest" protests in Paris to Indonesian protests against a draconian criminal code.
Here are the protests currently happening around the world.
In Hong Kong, a new extradition law sparked protests back in June, but the conflict is escalating
A criminal code in Indonesia has led to protests against its draconian laws.
In the Netherlands, thousands of Dutch farmers clogged highways with their tractors.
Several protests are ongoing in France, including demonstrations by Paris police officers.
In Russia, thousands gathered to demand the release of protesters who were arrested on charges of rioting.
Peruvians protested the confusion surrounding President Vizcarra’s government in the streets of Lima.
Protesters in Haiti called for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.
Egypt saw another wave of protests calling for the resignation of authoritarian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Lebanon is experiencing protests due to its slowing economy.
Syria's Kurdish population is protesting their exclusion from a UN committee.
Protests erupted in Iraq against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government.
In Jerusalem, Palestinians protested the hospitalization of a Palestinian detainee accused of killing an Israeli teenager.
UAW workers have been on strike for two weeks in the United States.
Protests around the world: violent clashes hit Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Barcelona
Protests have broken out in several countries across the world, with citizens unhappy for different reasons. Some are protesting over economic conditions, others are protesting over tax hikes and elsewhere protests are breaking out over controversial laws or prison sentences imposed by governments.
Here's the latest in each of the country's affected by violent clashes and unrest.
Chile's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago on Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over increases in the price of metro tickets.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam took to the airwaves on Saturday to back the use of force by police ahead of a major anti-government march planned this weekend in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been battered by months of violent protests.
Security forces fired tear gas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.
Violent clashes escalated in Barcelona late on Friday, as radical Catalan separatists hurled rocks and fireworks at police, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets, turning the city centre into a chaotic battleground.
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
originally posted by: Joneselius
I think people are just sick and tired of elite classes telling them how to live.
Morally bankrupt leaders, rulers who are shepherding their people into misery. Minus these ridiculous climate protests.
Not to mention sick of being promised trickle down wealth only to find that warm fuzzy liquid running down their legs is nothing more than runoff from cheetolini's golden showers.
ABOUT 60 Extinction Rebellion protesters cycled into St Helier along Victoria Avenue on Monday morning before staging a 'die in' in town.
...‘It is the best way that we can think of to raise awareness at the moment but we are open to suggestions,’ she said.
originally posted by: lakenheath24
Good post. Its the Russian revolution on a global scale. Social media must be the bane of elitist existence.