do protests need to be violent to work?

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Do protests need to be violent to work?

In my opinion protests dont need to be violent for many difrent reasons involving the police, injurys and the diffrence between riots and peacful protests although it is also quite efftive in diffrent ways.

police with riots

As riots are harmful and can cause immense distruption to the comunity. Eventhough riots are highly effective, they are unlike peacful protests (that will not harm anybody wich means the police will not get involved and cause catastrophe). Many people have been thrown behind bars becuase of riots but that will make the councile want to stop the riots. Thay probably means that you will get ehat you want.

Injurys and danger

Riots cause a lot of lethal danger to people becuase of fire and even tear sprey. Fights would go and on with the police and cars would have been set on fire wear the protests were takeing place. Unlike in peacful protests some people mightb be carrieng lethal weapens and screaming and swearing. If you get sevearly injured in a riot sirens will come blareing into the riot and the ambulace will come in with sheilds and will take you away.


If you compare the humble peacful protests then the threatning riots they are completly diffrent although they do have a few similaritys shared between them. For example both riots and protests are trying to spread a word to the world or government.Although one major difrence is that one is peacfull and one is filled with brutallity. Riots will cuase injurys and police might get involved alothough the peacfull protest is doing it well peacfully! Both are types of compltly diffrent protests.

In conclusion...

Riots could involve police, injuries and are completely diffrent to over protests.

Comments (9)

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    05 Jan 2021

    Hi there I really liked your post to included loads of ideas and loads of creativity be really proud of yourself I was so happy to meet us here are some of my opinions on what you wrote.

    I think that no one should be harmful or destroy a protest because the more they do that the more the government would not want to put a change on the world the more they create problems are more they create situations them or they won’t have a chance of making a change in the world the more at risk of being in the world in a difficult situation.

    I think that the protesters should be violent in a protest because it’s not right on them and it’s not right on all the people who are protesting quietly and peacefully this is why I think we should use silent protest more rather than other protest because the silent protest mainly won’t include hurting people or doing anything that will hurt anyone!

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    1. jeiya Siapno.jpg EXPERT: Jeiya Marie Siapno, Software Engineering Apprentice @ KPMG
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 12 Jan 2021

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us @decisive_redcurrant. You stated that we should use silent protest as a preferably method for protesting, because it won't involve hurting people. Can you perhaps do further research on how silent protesting may indirectly hurt someone? For example, can silent protesting in public, during the pandemic, hurt someone?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
        Jeiya Marie Siapno, Software Engineering Apprentice @ KPMG's comment 13 Jan 2021

        Thank you I’ll reasearch more on this and write back when I’ve got it!

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  • Preston Manor School witty_performance | Preston Manor School
    05 Jan 2021

    I believe that no it doesn’t need to be harmful and cause panic among normal people trying to go through with there days so I believe if people are just standing and not doing anything to harm normal life than police don’t need to be involved but if people are getting into peoples ways by choice and causing harm than police should be involved but to never show police brutal it’s always good to remember to never oppress the oppressors or you might as well be as bad as them I believe there will never be something as equality but I believe compromise is a good thing.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg astounding_writer | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Jan 2021

    No because it is illegal and u could hurt someone and go to jail and your ruining other people’s property.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg giving_leaves | Evelyn Street Primary School B
    06 Jan 2021

    I agree protests do not need to be violent to have a massive effect. Personally I believe that a protest should only ever escalate into a riot is if it is self-defence of the protesters. Unfortunately, many officers arrest and even harm peaceful protesters.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      giving_leaves's comment 06 Jan 2021

      Interesting point, giving_leaves! Please could you provide some evidence for when you say "many officers arrest and even harm peaceful protesters". Is this always the case?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg clever_iceberg | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    I wanted to add that I believe there is a reason some protest may be violent. In many places, protesters aren’t listened too. Therefore, they take more drastic measures until the governments agree to them. Though this is not the right thing to do, people who do get violent are simply trying to make the message they are giving spread. However, in many other countries, protests may not be violent because people understand that everyone is helping to help this cause.

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    1. Sophie Salvatore.jpg EXPERT: Sophie Salvatore, Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Consultant @ KPMG
      clever_iceberg's comment 12 Jan 2021

      Hi clever_iceberg, this is a well balanced opinion. Can you find an example of a recent violent protest, and do you think the protest was planned to be violent? Do you have any ideas why protests might start as peaceful but then become violent?

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