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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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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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What *known* role did foreign nations have in organizing anti-Trump demonstrations [closed]

There was a number of anti-Trump demonstrations in the US (aka "the resistance") during his 1st year in office. I don't know if anyone has publicized what role the following countries had in ...
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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 ...
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How to save forests in my country? [closed]

I live in a small Eastern EU country with huge problems (endemic corruption, weak economy, poverty, etc.). Over the last 25 years, the country's natural resources have been exploited without any ...
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Comment organiser le mouvement anti-austérité québécois?

Malgré le consensus pour s'opposer aux politiques d'austérité et de déconstruction de l'état québécois de l'actuel gouvernement libéral du Québec, les divers acteurs (mouvement étudiant, milieu ...
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What's the purpose of burning rubber tires during protests?

Sometimes when mass protests are ongoing, the protesters set some rubber tires on fire so that they produce smoke and unpleasant smell. But what's the purpose of doing so and why it is considered ...
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Are there any studies that attempt to analyze the demographics and/or motivations of street protesters?

Are there any studies that attempt to analyze the demographics and/or motivations of street protesters? For example: Are protesters concerned citizens that agree on something after an individual ...
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Are there studies on how manipulable protests are? [closed]

I've heard there are studies that show how only a bunch of people are necessary to direct a protest and manipulate it to some extent. However I would need references for that and I couldn't find them....
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Why are demonstrations in the EU more violent and massive than in the US?

To be honest I haven't seen in the US a massive riots with burning cars, destroying McDonalds and flying Molotov cocktails like here: Athens War Zone: Latest dramatic footage of Syntagma square riots ...
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What age group is more likely to participate in social change/protesting movements/actions?

The 68' movement consisted of students and the occupy movement seems to mainly consist of people younger than 40 (source). I'm wondering if there is an age group that is more likely to protest the ...
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Is it allowed to protest peacefully against the government on certain issues in India?

In the light of recent wave of public protests against the government on the current issue of Delhi Gang Rape, I am posting this question to be aware of the fact if such protests are allowed against ...
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Has the Orange Revolution improved the fairness of Ukrainian elections according to independent observers?

In late 2004, the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine after elections that were accompanied by widescale corruption and fraud. Initially, Yanukovych was declared the winner. The protests resulted ...
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Has the Occupy Wall Street movement had significant influence on policy?

In September 2011 and onwards, Occupy Wall Street and its many spinoffs occupied squares all over the world. The meetings shared some degree of dissatisfaction with present systems, but clear aims ...