HOST: Hello everybody, and welcome to Episode 26 of the Million Opinions podcast. I'm Alex Bell and I am here recording in the Studio on Friday the 5th February 2021. Now, today we are going to talk about something interesting. Do protests work? And today, we have 4 very special guests here to join the podcast today! So, why don't you introduce yourself?
SPEAKER 1: Hello everybody! I'm Lindsay Wharf, I'm 43 and work as a lifeguard at Brighton Beach.
SPEAKER 2: Hello, I'm Tom Glassbridge, I am 27 and work at Tesco as a restocker!
SPEAKER 3: I'm Patricia Jones Smith, I'm 61, I live in Glasgow, and I'm retired.
SPEAKER 4: And I'm Daniel Lewis, I'm 17, I live in Oxford and I am a university student at Oxford University. I've protested myself last year for the BLM protests.
HOST: Hello, hello everybody. So firstly, I want to know what is your opinions on protest. Could you tell us more Tom?
SPEAKER 2 (Tom): Well, my opinions on protest is that it's a way to get your voice heard, like..um, and to get your reason of protest known across the country, or the globe and to make a better change you know. So I think it's a good thing! As long as it doesn't get violent of course.
HOST: Great response! Could we have an opinion on protest from Patricia?
SPEAKER 3 (Patricia): Like Tom said, protesting is a way to get your voice heard, and I don't think it's a very good thing to do.
HOST: Well, we've got very mixed opinions here! Can you explain more to your statement Patricia?
SPEAKER 3 (Patricia): Well, most protests don't really work when you see it on the news, and of course I would never ever join a protest. I might end up with a broken back myself!
HOST: Very well explained opinions here! Now, I would like to ask Daniel, does protest work? I've heard you protested before.
SPEAKER 4 (Daniel): Yes, I have protested before, and I believe protest does really work. Like the protest I participated in, the BLM Protests across the globe helped change the opinions of many, and brought many world leaders together to tackle racism more than they have used to, and it changes the way people act, and the way our world works, we need to be a community, tackling racism and to bring better change for all. On the other hand, protests sometimes may not work, in the way that the government doesn't care and doesn't do any action, but it can turn the other way round and work, as protesters can show civil disobedience and refuse to do anything until change is done.
HOST: Could you answer the same question Lindsay?
SPEAKER 1 (Lindsay): Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't really. Like Daniel said, they can work by governments and other world leaders taking action to help the crisis, but sometimes they can't. For example the government does not listen, and uses unnecessary force which just isn't right, and will cause civil disobedience and further, and alot larger protests which will lead into alot of more unneccessary things done by the government, and the loop repeats itself.
HOST: Amazing explanations Daniel and Lindsay! Next up, we would like to ask Tom, in the position of your job, do you think taking advantage of a protest to do illegal things is right? Tell us more Tom.
SPEAKER 2 (Tom): No, I don't support it at all. Looking back at the BLM Protests of May 2020, people took the chance to loot, and raid stores. And especially in my job position, if that were to happen in the store I work at, or anywhere perhaps, it will have to bring alot of work to the workers, restocking, cleaning, repairing and cause more stress and chaos. And it can cause the business to loose alot of money, and especially if it's a small business with only one or two stores, protesters looting could cause the end of it really.
HOST: Should you be doing protests during this pandemic? Is it responsible to join in one?
SPEAKER 3 (Patricia): Certainly not! People are dying, and people choose to protest and gather in massive groups. Some of them could have that disease, and nearly everyone there will get it too! Which will cause stress for the workers in Health Services, and possibly overwhelm the entire health service system.
HOST: Do you think virtual activism will work as well, Daniel?
SPEAKER 4 (Daniel): My answer is No. It's alot easier to get your voice heard when your out rather than protesting infront of a computer screen.
HOST: Great opinions from Daniel and Patricia! Before we go, could does anyone have anything to say?
SPEAKER 1 (Lindsay): I do, some people can get severely injured in protests, or even killed by police, or the protesters themselves. People who are elderly are extremely vunerable, as they might even break a leg if they fall over once, because if it turns violent, if they fall, people will get trampled on.
HOST: Truly amazing opinions from everyone here. That's all we've got time for this episode of Million Opinions. Goodbye, and have a nice day!
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