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10 Historically Significant Political Protests


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Kit
- 588 days ago - livescience.com
Political protests -- both violent, peaceful and downright strange -- have a rich past, with varied degrees of success in accomplishing what they originally set out to do.



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Kit B. (276)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:41 am
(Credit: Jacques-Louis David, Le Serment du Jeu de paume, 1791)

A History of Uprisings

Political protests both violent, peaceful and downright strange have a rich past, with varied degrees of success in accomplishing what they originally set out to do.

The following historically significant political protests include a decisive event in the Civil Rights movement, two history-changing moments that occurred within one year and the medieval defiance of one man:

10) - The Protestant Reformation

The Protestant Reformation began with the quietest and most orderly single protest in this list the nailing to the door of a German church a treatise on the abuses of Catholicism by Martin Luther, in 1517. However, the movement that followed would ultimately spill blood and tear empires apart.

9) The Storming of the Bastille

This one act of July 14, 1789, has come to symbolize the entire French Revolution and indeed was a major catalyst to the 10-year-long rebellion against the crown. On that day, a throng of Parisians descended on the Bastille (long a symbol of royal authority and excess), beheaded its governor and overtook the prison.

8) Gandhi's Salt March

Another protest against British taxation sent Mahatma Gandhi on a 23-day, 240-mile journey to the coast of India to collect his own salt, which was illegal under crown laws. More than 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself, were incarcerated for participating in the salt march, but it ultimately turned the tide of world sympathy towards Indian, rather than British, interests.

7) The Boston Tea Party

Despite its quaint-sounding name, the 1773 "tea party" was in fact a bitter reaction to harsh new British taxation acts. Over the course of three hours on Dec. 16, more than 100 colonists secretly boarded three British ships arriving in harbor and dumped 45 tons of tea into the water. The unorthodox protest was a key precursor to the American Revolution.

6) South Africa's National Day of Protest

Nelson Mandela's ANC party organized this anti-apartheid work stoppage in 1950, in retaliation for a new bill effectively allowing the government to investigate any political party or organization. On June 26, hundreds of thousands of South Africans participated in the "Stay at Home," a tactic that was used several times in the next decade. June 26 was celebrated as National Freedom Day in South Africa until 1994.

5) March on Washington

Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered during this August 1963 rally to promote racial equality in the United States. More than 200,000 demonstrators gathered peacefully at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C., and the event is credited with pressuring President John F. Kennedy to draw up firm civil rights legislation.


4) Tiananmen Square

A mass of at least 1 million people, mostly students seeking democratic reform, had peacefully occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square for seven weeks when the Chinese military unexpectedly rolled in tanks to clear them out. Numbers are imprecise, but it is estimated that at least several hundred protesters were killed in the city, drawing harsh criticism from the international community.

3) Berlin Wall Protests

The concrete division that had separated East and West Berlin for 28 years came down just two months after public protests occurred throughout Germany. Pressure to take down the wall had been growing in 1989 and the demonstrations were the final straw for the East German government, which finally opened the gates on Nov. 9.

2) Iraq War Protests

Millions of people in cities around the world gathered for anti-war protests in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, which went ahead despite their efforts in March of 2003. The biggest crowds occurred in London in conjunction with global marches organized for Feb. 15, when at least 1 million people assembled in what is believed to be the largest ever political demonstration in UK history.

1) Iraq War Protests

Millions of people in cities around the world gathered for anti-war protests in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, which went ahead despite their efforts in March of 2003. The biggest crowds occurred in London in conjunction with global marches organized for Feb. 15, when at least 1 million people assembled in what is believed to be the largest ever political demonstration in UK history.

***Many good pictures and links within article at VISIT SITE****

By: Heather Whipps | Live Science |

 

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:43 am

May I suggest that the next significant protest that should be added is the THE GREEN REVOLUTION !

 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:46 am
Yes, the Green Revolution sounds good to me, too. I think it was Woody Guthrie who said, "If you want to end the war, you gotta sing loud". Sometimes it's the only way to get things changed.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:09 pm
I certainly agree with that one Kit, the Green Revolution. Thanks for the quick historical review.
 

Jon T. (59)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:38 am
Thanks for sharing, just a note on the list - you have the Iraq war protests down twice, No 1 is actually this:

The Orange Revolution

In late 2004, hundreds of thousands of people flooded Kiev's main square to protest the results of the Ukrainian presidential election. Demonstrations continued for 12 days through sleet and snow until a revote was called, reversing the results and putting the opposition candidate (whose party colors are orange) in office instead.
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:49 am
TY
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:10 am
Noted but with no expectations.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:11 am
Thx Kit. Sure we could add several more to that list, Prague Spring and others..but the Green Revolution comes rather silently, step by step, and cannot be stopped I believe. But it still requires fighting for it!
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:19 am
The Protestant Reformation is my favorite.
 

Christeen Anderson (470)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:07 am
Very memorable. Thanks for an interesting article.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:49 pm
Thanks Kit--useful post.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:09 pm
Let me give two other landmark protests in an era that could mean beatings and even death.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Selma to Montgomery March
Another vision that transformed the American Civil Rights Movement were the police dogs attacking African Americans. The outspoken villain that gave impetus to a national movement was Bull Conner. He used, not only police dogs, but also fire hoses. These TV images served to hasten, rather than lessen the chances, for the Civil Rights Act and The Voting Rights Act.
Now we have two shameful situations for all those who fought for those rights.
1. Many in the GOP leadership want to do away with the Voting Rights Act.
2. Those in the black community who do not vote. I know it may be hard, in today's world, to really understand the courage it took to make sure the right to vote was made law. My hat is off to all those who marched, protested , were beaten and died.
 

linda g. (3)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:01 pm
Rather simplified capsules of the total measure of human events that were ansillary of the main. Also, more distinction needs to be made between 'protests' and 'movements' as the latter are more systematically calculated to effect real and significant change to the focus.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:07 pm
Thanks, I enjoyed reading this. Adding my support to a new Green Revolution....maybe we could take some tips from some of these posted.
 

Ro H. (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 11:28 am
ty
 

marie Taylor clarke (166)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 2:44 pm
Noted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 5:05 pm
Thanks, good thinking.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:32 am
Noted , thanks .
 

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:47 pm
Do not forget Arab Spring, which was the result of a Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor setting himself on fire because he couldn't afford to replace his goods. Arab Spring set the Middle east into mass protests.
 
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