Questions tagged [protests]

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Why is it considered racist to say “White Lives Matter”?

Given the recent political upheaval and mass protests/riots with scores of people chanting "Black Lives Matter" on the streets, why is it considered white supremacist and racist to say "...
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How does the release of George Floyd's death footage change the perception of his death? [closed]

The Daily Mail recently released the bodycam footage of the death of George Floyd. How does this video corroborate/counter the claims that have been made regarding the incident? (One specific claim ...
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Why are CBP and other organizations within DHS allowed to arrest protestors?

As per the reporting about federal officers arresting protesters, I am wondering about the jurisdiction of the US's Department of Homeland Security. What is the specific legal purview that allows DHS ...
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How can I respond to the DHS activities in Portland? [closed]

There are reports out of Portland, Oregon that federal officers are using certain tactics to try and disperse protesters. Suppose some citizen of the United States (but not Oregon itself) finds this ...
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Why did China impose the new national security law on Hong Kong now?

Beijing's "authoritarian rule" has always had issues with Hong Kong's democracy, and with this national security law it's clear that there was essentially no involvement by the Hong Kong ...
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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 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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What previous actions had been taken by Bristol city council regarding the statue of Edward Colston?

During the George Floyd protests in Bristol on June 7th, a statue of Edward Colston was pulled down and thrown into the city harbour by demonstrators. According to the BBC: Earlier in the day, in ...
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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?

I hope this doesn't get labeled as a bad faith question. I'm genuinely curious what the rationale is for supporting the mass gatherings and protesting following the death of George Floyd, despite ...
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What are the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement?

I did a lot of research before asking this question, but the lack of (non-conflicting) information is astounding. Despite such powerful and massive protests, there really doesn't seem to be a unified, ...
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How much looting has actually occurred during the recent protests in the US?

In recent weeks, the US was rocked by waves of massive protests, following the police killing of George Floyd, and later additional citizens (but of course fueled by and concerned with much more than ...
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Can the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle be treated as an insurrection against the Federal Government?

According to latest news from Seattle, protesters now are controlling some parts of the city, preventing police from entering. Can it be treated as insurrection against Federal Government, according ...
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Why is there a broad pattern of excessive force by police towards protestors in spite of international focus on this use of force?

Right now (June 2020), sparked by the murder of George Floyd, there have been a wave of protests against police brutality towards black Americans. In these very protests, there has also been a massive ...
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Does Black Lives Matter have a hierarchy?

Recently, there has been a lot of news which discusses the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Does BLM have a leader? What is the organization structure, and who directs the protests? I have been ...
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What's the history of the general public preventing prosecutions?

this is my first question on this site, so please forgive if it's misused. You may know that a few days ago a protest in Bristol, UK, ended up with people bringing down a statue of Colston, a ...
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Why do BLM protestors continue after all four police involved in the killing of George Floyd are facing charges?

Why do BLM protestors continue to protest now that all four police involved in the killing of George Floyd are facing charges and police around the country are being held accountable (e.g. the 6 ...
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Have any local/national authorities conducted official reviews of historical landmarks?

Following the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol on June 7th, the renewed support for the "Rhodes must fall" campaign, targeting predominantly the statue of Cecil Rhodes at ...
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Did the US Floyd protests actually result in charges against the police officers involved

As of late, I have seen many arguing that the protests and riots in the US about the killing of George Floyd have been directly responsible for the increased charges against Derek Chauvin, and the new ...
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What are the arguments around Turkey's Istanbul Canal proposal?

On January 17th, the Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the Instanbul Canal project (Kanal İstanbul), a pet project of President ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

This article from the BBC describes appalling violence in the Indian capital, which has led to a death toll of 27 at the time of writing. The article mentions that the spark that ignited the riots ...
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How does a hereditary chief differ from the elected officials in North America's First Nations?

In Canada there have been protests against the building of a gas pipeline. From what I can tell, most protests started when the hereditary leaders of the Weet'suwet'en opposed it and called for allies ...
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How does one buy a burnable American flag in Tehran?

Since 1978 I've seen footage of people in Tehran burning American flags, and as far as I can tell each time it's completely destroyed, meaning that they have to get a new American flag to burn each ...
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Does writing a message on an otherwise acceptable English ballot paper “spoil” the vote?

Suppose I vote today, in the UK general election, by making a mark as usual in a box, but I also add a protest comment in handwriting on the ballot form. Does this stop my vote being valid or ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?