Questions tagged [protests]

Questions related to political protests where attempts by individuals or groups to address or stop perceived injustices within a political system, without overturning the system itself occur.

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Is there a coup going on in Bolivia?

Recently Bolivia held presidential elections which were highly questioned in terms of legitimacy and led to massive protests in the country accusing the government of fraud. This situation, and the ...
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Is there any European organization that issue protest / demonstration warnings similar to what US embassies or OSAC are issuing?

I have stumbled across a protest during vacation and I wanted to find out more. My surprise was to find out the some US organizations such as US embassies or Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) ...
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Is the current Chilean regime a successor to Pinochet's regime? Why so violent to protesters? [closed]

First, some intro: Recently, after further rising of subway ticket costs in Chile, there were widespread protests. The Chilean president, billionaire Sebastián Piñera, claimed a state of emergency - ...
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What happens if the President of Chile resigns?

There is currently (October 2019) a social and political crisis affecting Chile, where mass demonstrations are demanding change to the government. The militarisation of the conflict by the government (...
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Why would Climate activists disrupt public transport?

I woke up today to reports that climate activists have disrupted public transport in my home city: https://www.cityam.com/tube-delays-city-commuters-face-rush-hour-chaos-on-dlr-and-jubilee-line/ ...
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Was Ecuador govenrment already warned about inadmissibility of force using agains protesters?

As heard today, there is a civil standoff between military/police and protesters in Ecuador(some sources : 1, 2). Origin of protests(possibly) was implementing IMF economic recommendations, including ...
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Why is it considered a big deal that a cop shoot a violent protester? [closed]

I have been following the protests in Hong Kong eagerly, and I support their cause. A recent event occurred where a protestor, who was attacking a cop with what looks like a steel bar, was shot by ...
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What is preventing China from destroying Hong Kong pro-democracy movement?

Until a few days ago, the peaceful turned occasionally violent pro-democracy movement by Hong Kong's inhabitants was about securing universal adult suffrage (UAS), official withdrawal of the ...
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Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?

Subreddits like r/unitedkingdom, r/ukpolitics have many Remainers who loathe Brexit, and there're unquestionably more who aren't on Reddit! English cities have had protests, but why haven't there been ...
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What if Hong Kong airport protest happened in the US? [closed]

I only mentioned Hong Kong here to provide context. Here's what I am interested in: What would happen if a similar protest happened in the US (from a legal perspective, by which I mean what of the ...
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Is there any ground for the concerns of Hong Kong protesters?

It is surprising how things have escalated over a few days. I learned that the reason for the protests was that some people had concerns about the central government tightening the grip on Hong Kong ...
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Do Hong Kong protesters want to cancel the extradition law or have they proposed any modifications?

Do the Hong Kong protesters have asked for a modification to the proposed extradition law? Do they have any proposals for which circumstances might still justify extradition to China? What are they ...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

The incidence happened in Hong Kong on 21st Jul 2019 Video footage showed dozens of men, mostly in masks, storming a mass transit station in Yuen Long late on Sunday, chasing passengers and beating ...
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Is it true that South Africa has the most protests per capita in the world?

While the numbers seem to vary widely (depending on who is speaking), it seems that there are roughly 3 public protests per day, on average, in South Africa (which can include events as diverse as ...
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Why would the Sudanese protest movement insist on a 3-year period before elections?

On BBC's website, there'a an article entitled Sudan crisis: What you need to know. Some of what's said in there sounds kind of off to me. So, a protest movement has pushed the military leadership to ...
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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

I have recently been in Berlin and caught a glimpse of a more unusual protest: I cannot understand German, but based on the setup (Iron throne with rifles instead of swords) it was clearly related to ...
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The Gilets Jaunes protest started in response to fuel prices - which has been reversed - so why do they continue?

The Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) protest started in response to fuel prices, which, as I understand it, were reversed in December? So why do they continue?
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Climate change: what is the point of protesting?

I’m a little scared of asking this question, since some may misunderstand me. I do believe in climate change and the impact of human activities on it. And I do believe that protesting can actually ...
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Why are there protests when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announced as candidate to presidential elections in Algeria?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced (or actually - it was announced on his behalf) that he will be running for the next presidential elections in Algeria. This led to massive protests against a senile ...
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What sort of assistance has Russia provided to back up Venezuelan leaders during previous periods of instability?

A report has come out today that Russia has sent military contractors to help the security of Maduro's regime amidst the current rancor. (source) Is this in line with assistance it has provided during ...
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Why do governments of developed countries care about mass protests?

In developing countries, a mass protest could reasonably end up in the local politicians finding themselves in jail or worse, such as what happened in 2011 to Qaddafi. On the other hand, the ...
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How many of the August protesters were actually from the Romanian diaspora?

It's been widely reported in the Western news that e.g. "Romanian diaspora’s anti-government protest turns violent": A major anti-government protest held in Bucharest by Romanians living abroad ...
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Are there any recent examples of political protests organized by diaspora?

In August 2018, Romanian diaspora organized a major political protest in Bucharest: The protests were organized and promoted by groups of Romanians working abroad, angry at what they say is ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Suppose a government does something to annoy a company, what would stop the company from protesting the action by stopping the sales/providing their services? For example a hardware company such as ...
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Who is the oldest known political protester? [closed]

According to this article probably the oldest Romanian protester is 101 years old: Philosopher Mihai Sora, aged 101, famous for attending numerous street protests in the past year, recounted the ...
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What was the affiliation of the protesters killed in the Gaza protests?

During the recent protests in Gaza, 50 or more protesters were killed by the Israeli military. Israel's official position, as I understand it, is that the majority were members of Hamas or another ...
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What is the meaning of $1.05 as seen at March For Our Lives?

At the March for our Lives rally, the podium has a sticker - $1.05. It seems unusual to me, a non-American. What is its meaning?
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Did protests in front of a foreign embassy ever succeed in achieving their goal?

It is very common for protesters to express their dissent against a certain country's action by protesting in front of its embassy. For example: Hundreds of British-based Ukrainians gathered ...
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Is there a correlation between armed security and casualties of people working in security?

I am working for a private security company. We currently have a debate about whether carrying firearms would improve our safety or make our job even more dangerous. Is anyone aware of any study ...
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Why haven't the sanctions relief improved Iranians living conditions?

While most of the world was celebrating the New Year, Iranian protests continued in the night 2017-2018: "In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in ...
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Has Facebook’s (or other social network) block policy been abused to limit freedom of expression inside EU?

On 26th of November, another important (more than 10K protesters) anti-government protest took place in Bucharest. This looked like a regular protest for 2017, but this one had something peculiar: ...
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Who initiated the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville?

Who initiated the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville? Any person or group of people who officially initiated the removal.
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Why are some against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee?

The Unite the Right rally was ostensibly a protest over the removal of the Robert E. Lee sculpture in Charlottesville, Virginia. While I realize that many protesters used this as an excuse for other ...
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Who organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville?

Who organized, promoted, and attended the recent "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville? Self-answered question, because I think that there is a lot of - actual or purported - unclarity about ...
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Why is it a bad thing that there was violence “on both sides”? [closed]

One group believes in white supremacy. The other believes in equal rights. So why is violence from "both sides" a bad thing? Surely we should support those that fight white supremacists, with ...
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Is President Trump right that there was violence on “both sides” in Charlottesville?

Today, President Trump claimed that there was violence on "both sides," and that alt-left and alt-right both shared blame in the incidents at Charlottesville, Virginia. Is this factually accurate? I'm ...
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Have election boycotts ever successfully undermined the results?

In recent news in Australia, the Government is planning a postal survey of the electorate's attitudes to Same-Sex Marriage. Attempts to make it a formal plebiscite failed. There are people with ...
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Why are the G20 summit protests in Hamburg so violent?

Compared to other G20 summits in the past the protests in Hamburg, Germany seem quite violent to me. There were similar occassions of violent protests, such as at the 27th G8 (2001) at Genua, at the ...
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protest? or fake protest?

The motivation to this question is a news about Protesters Take On Settlements In ‘Biggest Ever Jewish-Led Protest’ Of AIPAC. A comment here, says: "Group of foolish people ... Most of them don't ...
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Robert Reich on Milo protesters - alternative facts? [closed]

Some very convincing points being made by Robert Reich (UCB professor and Clinton administration official) can be found here. Is he presenting facts or alternative facts?
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Berkeley Riots: Protest or Infringment of Rights

The violence that preempted the talk of a prominent alt-right speaker on University of California Berkeley's campus has set off a debate over the role of free speech in American society. Did the ...
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Can US President indefinitely detain US citizen protesters by labeling them enemy combatants?

We know from the Jose Padilla case that US citizens can be detained in the US and held without charge for several years if the POTUS labels them as enemy combatants. From the same case, we know that ...
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Can political protests have a significant impact immediately after the general elections? [closed]

Let me try to set up the context first: Romania, East European developing country, ex-behind the Iron Curtain, now in NATO and European Union. The following events have actually happened. Some ...
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Trump inauguration opposition

Some celebrities and also Democrats have boycotted Donald Trump's inauguration. There are also many demonstrations held in the country and in other countries. Has there been such a vast opposition ...
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Have members of congress ever previously boycotted a U.S. president-elect's inauguration?

As of today, there's about 40-50 Democratic members of congress who are boycotting President-elect Trump's inauguration later this week. This number seems to change depending on the new source, and ...
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What is the purpose of protesting the result of a democratic election where there is universal suffrage? [closed]

There have been two elections recently, one in the UK and one in the US, The EU referendum and the US presidential election, where the outcome of the vote was protested, with civil disobedience and ...
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Demonstration Marches and their effectiveness

I'm seeking research on the effectiveness of protest marches as compared to other, possibly more modern forms of activism. I feel like somewhere there must be a study that effectively says "10000 ...
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Why does the Black Lives Matter movement organize protests while the incident they're protesting is still under investigation?

Black Lives Matter is an American social justice movement which seeks to remedy the problem of extrajudicial killings of people of color by police officers among other issues. One aspect of this ...
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How can I realistically fund a political movement against Summer Time in western Europe?

As the time of writing this, we are a few days after switching to Daylight Saving Time, a.k.a Summer Time, that is setting clocks one hour too early. This particular clock regime is effective in ...
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Is there a correlation between protest size and public sympathy?

I wonder whether the scale of a political protest can be used as a proxy for public opinion on the protest issue. For example, a protest where 0.1% of the population attended. Can this be used to ...