A Vital Part of Democracy

Protests Around the World are a Vital Part of Democracy

Perhaps the most common form of protest around the world is the peace protest, designed to further the cause of peace either domestically or internationally. Peaceful protests, encouraging better gun laws, better democratic processes, or a change in foreign policy efforts, are a key part of democratic societies and those that respect free speech, and new ones are cropping up virtually every day. Recent protests span the gamut from political to social, and their execution is a reminder of the power that a collective demonstration can have.

The Iraq War: How Americans Reacted to Preemptive Intervention

The Iraq war was seen by most of the world as the “will of the American people” but millions of people actually took to the streets to protest what they saw as an aggressive use of force against a regime that had largely done nothing provably wrong in recent years. From New York City to Los Angeles, New Orleans to Minneapolis, liberal protests and anti-war activists made sure that their voice was heard. Today, the legacy of those protests is one that is being studied by numerous groups. That’s especially true in light of the war’s end, and the debate about whether or not Iraq is headed for a civil war.

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G8 Protests: A Regular Source of Peace and Turmoil

Protests of the G8 gathering have variously turned into either peaceful demonstrations against global policy or violent riots against the global establishment. A recent protest of the G8 gathering, which was deemed impossible to protest was actually rather peaceful, encouraging less conflict around the world and even less tax-dodging by those at the top levels of the income ladder. The protest managed to get past all of the required buffer zones and legal restrictions, serving almost as a tribute to the same type of success experienced by British protestor Brian haw in Parliament Square.

Peace Protests Aren’t Going Anywhere

Whether it’s a protest against one country’s drums of war, or a protest against global conflict and tax policy, peace protests are a mainstay in today’s political discourse that will remain vital. That remains true even when organisers and political officials mobilise to enforce restrictions on speech and movement.