Are all protests right and are they important?

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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:

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:

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:

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.

Other opinions

decisive_redcurrant said that " The protest 'march' should be banned in certain places”, I disagree because the protest ‘march’ is a good way to express your opinion and views to at least let your voices be heard to those in power who are doing wrong and injustice. A lot of those in power misuse their position and do not always make good and fair decisions.

indgenious_independence said that “I believe in all except strike” I disagree because people who go on strike know they're going to lose money but they still do it to show what they’re fighting for. Nowadays very few people go on strike because it is harder as there are laws made against it, many years ago, but people did not care much about it then.

Shining_queen said that “people should be allowed to defend themselves and it’s not right if you can’t protest” I agree with this because if you can’t defend yourself then you can’t prove your point to the ones in charge and get your voices heard it’s not right and very unfair if you are not given the freedom of speech to express your opinions and views.

Comments (17)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    12 Jan 2021

    There's excellent listening shown here - well done for carefully considering what other BNC members think and sharing your response. In countries where protest is illegal, what is the best way to show disapproval?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_effort | Michael Faraday School
    15 Jan 2021

    I agree with your points! Good Job, discreet_drum!

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  • Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Jan 2021

    Not all protests are right. As you have said, some people do it for others, to increase the equality.

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Roger McShane, Middle East Editor @ The Economist
    15 Jan 2021

    Very nice post discreet_drum. You say, “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.” Could you provide a real-world example of that?

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    1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
      Roger McShane, Middle East Editor @ The Economist's comment 17 Jan 2021

      Hi Roger, I'm very happy you liked my post and I've answered your question below...

      One of a real example of civil disobedience is the Windrush scandal, which broke in April 2018, saw the UK government apologise for deportation threats made to Commonwealth citizens' children.

      Despite living and working in the UK for decades all or most of their lives, many were told they were here illegally because of lack of official paperwork.

      Many will have had to break the law to stay and work in the UK until the government realised they made a mistake, they apologised and gave them compensation and the documents to prove that they are allowed to stay here legally.

      Windrush day (which is on Monday 22nd June) is important, because aside from being a celebration, it provides an opportunity to reflect on what progress has been made to provide redress to the Windrush Generation following the Windrush scandal, and to renew efforts to ensure the measures put in place are made effective.
      It also marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948. Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain.

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  • Hammond School logo candid_duck | Hammond Junior School E
    15 Jan 2021

    I agree with your post here, discreet_drum! Well done

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  • Hammond School logo candid_duck | Hammond Junior School E
    15 Jan 2021

    I also like how you have mentioned other BNC users in this.

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  • Hammond School logo observant_eel | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Jan 2021

    Well said discreet_drum!

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg ethical_cliff | New Horizons Children's Academy
    18 Jan 2021

    Hi discreet drum i like how you incluuded riots as well as other protests and civil disobidence.
    That was a derseved star

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    Thanks ethical_cliff !!

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  • Preston Manor School mirthful_rainforest | Preston Manor School
    19 Jan 2021

    I agree with discreet_drum and this post was absolutely amazing because it’s shares their opinion and what they think about protests and offers a good question.But sometimes I feel like rioting and civil obedience is necessary because sometimes even if you just do peaceful protests the people in power will ignore these and the media will just shame or frame them for something else.Now yes i know why they should be banned and although I believe violence is never the way and that it will only make things worse.When those in power won’t listen to you, you need to raise your voice higher and do something that catches their eyes so they can do something about what they’re protesting for.However I still don’t encourage this behaviour and still think rioting and civil obedience should be banned but I’m just stating why I know they do these type of protests.Anyways great job discreet_drum and you definitely deserve a star.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      mirthful_rainforest's comment 19 Jan 2021

      Good reasons given here, mirthful_rainforest . Well done! You say that the media with shame or frame them (look out for more about the media in session four), but can you say a bit more about what you mean? How does this work?

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy radical_painting | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    25 May 2021

    i agree with the post , however sometimes riots are necessary for the government to listen and take action. sometimes quiet protests/striking isn't enough to make the government listen to the problems. the government is sometimes stubborn and they get stuck in their opinion that is not always correct.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    25 May 2021

    Thank you for replying to my post, I also agree with you when you say, “sometimes quiet protests/striking isn't enough to make the government listen to the problems. the government is sometimes stubborn and they get stuck in their opinion that is not always correct.”. I agree with this because even though in some situations the public has made their opinion very clear and what they think should be done, but the government will probably always still think, “Thank you for your opinion, but it’s not needed, why don’t you and leave being government to the government, and anyway, I believe our strategy works more better”. However, just because the government can be stubborn, doesn’t mean that we should have a riot, because that can just show a wrong impression of what we’re trying to do, and will also make you believe that what they want is wrong, for example, 5000 people are having a riot about that they think that black people should be treated the same as white people might give the wrong impression.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    26 May 2021

    Thank you for replying to my post, I also agree with you when you say, “sometimes quiet protests/striking isn't enough to make the government listen to the problems. the government is sometimes stubborn and they get stuck in their opinion that is not always correct.”. I agree with this because even though in some situations the public has made their opinion very clear and what they think should be done, but the government will probably always still think, “Thank you for your opinion, but it’s not needed, why don’t you and leave being government to the government, and anyway, I believe our strategy works more better”. However, just because the government can be stubborn, doesn’t mean that we should have a riot, because that can just show a wrong impression of what we’re trying to do, and will also make you believe that what they want is wrong, for example, 5000 people are having a riot about that they think that black people should be treated the same as white people, but at the same time they’re doing a dangerous riot which shows that we shouldn’t trust black people (no offence to black people).

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