Famous Protests In History

Famous Protests

Peaceful Protest

Henry David Thoreau was a famous 19th century philosopher and poet. For most of his life, Henry recorded the growth of plants and the migration of birds outside of a village in Concord, Massachusetts. He remains a major symbol of peaceful resistance from his 1849 Work "The Civil Disobedience", in which he questioned why men would obey laws that the governor created even if they disagreed with them. Another example of his peaceful resistance concerned slavery. Henry hated slavery and the tax laws which promoted slavery. So he became a tax outlaw and didn't pay taxes. He was eventually caught and imprisoned. Henry was supposed to stay in prison until he paid the fine ( which he declined). What he didn't know was that family members had gathered and paid the fine. He was let out after only one night.

Violent Protests

In 1976, South African students protested the law that stated that they had to learn the language of their white, dutch oppressors. 20,000 students marched and 176 were killed by South African Police.

Another violent protest is "The Death To The Klan" in 1979. In this march, anti-racist supporters marched against the KKK. The Klan members pulled guns on the marchers and shot 5 anti-racist activist.

Cherokee Native American Resistance To Forced Relocation (1838)

The Cherokee Native Americans did not want they're land taken by the governor of the United States. They tried to defend their land and themselves but in the end they were unable to and the US settlers took the land. After the Native Americans were captured they were forced over the Mississippi River. About 4,000 Native Americans were killed. The route they were they were taken through was from then on called " The Cherokee Trail of Tears".

Protesting In The Last Ten Years

2004-Harrismith Protests. South African students that were called out of school to protest delivery service in the area. After the massive march reached the K3 highway and showed no sign of stopping, police were forced to fire pellets at the march. 2 students were hit with pellets and sent to a hospital. It was later discovered that 18 more students were also hit.

March 26 2006- American protesters protested against the new immigration law that would control undocumented immigrants in the united states of america. It is estimated that on that Saturday 500,000 people marched the streets in the western US. They wanted to have the chance to be a legal law abiding citizen.

2007- Burmas Fuel Protests. After Burma's government decided to remove all fuel subside. This caused less fuel for public buses and other transportation because fuel prices were now up 66%. Then, students and political activists protested against the problem. At first police took care of the protesters with major violence, and many were arrested. A little later, the protesters were allowed to proceed.

2008, Serbian President Vojislav Kostunica blamed the United States of America for preparing to violate the international order for its own military intrests . That night, over 2,000 Serbian protesters got inside the Slovenian Embassy and made a mess, and then proceeded on to the American and Croatian embassy. Parts of the building were burned down along with people throwing firecrackers and rocks.

2010, United Kingdom Student Protests. Students where protesting against the school system because it was to make a cut in money spent on education. The system was also going to make an increase in the tuition fees.


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