Are protests important?
Protests are important because; those in power may ignore our issues that we face on a day to day basis or other permanent kinds of issues.
But if there are many people willing to come forward and fight for their rights and equality, we can get our voices heard even if action is not taken immediately. It is about making yourself heard. This is when the debate starts and argument becomes possible. By protesting we have the right to express our opinions whether they like it or not, it also gives us a chance to make a difference about something we believe is happening wrong.
Are all protests right?
In my point of view, I think that Riot and civil disobedience should not be allowed. I will explain my reasons for each of them down below.
Riot protest should not be allowed because it can often cause needless injuries, and sometimes even death. Because riots are always uncontrolled anyone who joins the riot can do anything and everything they want, some just join a riot to break stuff just for fun, e.g. a few days ago, swarms of protesters that were Trump’s supporters were doing a riot in America and were damaging everything in sight just because trump lost the election, one of them even sat in the Senate President’s chair.
Civil disobedience should be allowed sometimes, mainly because you break the law and upset the society by doing illegal stuff, this can harm and put people in severe danger which is why it’s against the law.
Sometimes civil disobedience is ok, but only if it’s for the right reason e.g. what if someone got arrested for something they didn’t do and the only way they can prove they’re innocent is by breaking the law.
Other protests such as virtual activism, march, strike, boycott and silent protests are fine because they are a peaceful, non-violent way of expressing your opinion to people. What's important is to stand up for yourself and show that you want to get your voice heard.