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It's the start of a new Burnet News Club Issue! Dive in the activities below to learn about the new topic.
- Which photos are examples of protest? Which are not? Why?
- Which picture shows the biggest protest? Which one shows the smallest?
- What makes something a big / small protest?
- Is it easy to work out if something is a big or small protest?
There are several different types of protest. Read them below.
Now match each type of protest with the correct picture.
Answers: strike = 6, march = 3, civil disobedience = 2, boycott = 7, silent protest = 5, virtual activism = 4, riot = 1
Two important keywords for this Issue:
When someone dislikes, disagrees with, or wants to stop something.
When someone shows that they dislike, disagree with, or want to stop something.
How do these keywords link? Can you come up with an action for each word?
Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Read this short story to see how the scenario plays out.
At which step did Fred's disapproval turn into protest? Why?
The definition of a protest is straightforward, it is harder to agree on when disapproval turns into protest. Why do you think that is?
In democratic countries like the UK people are allowed to speak up and protest. This is because freedom of speech is a core value for democracy. However the police still have some control. For example, in the UK they can limit a march’s size or change its location. In other places, the rules are much stricter.
- In North Korea people can be sent to prison camps or be killed for speaking up against the government. Researching protest material is also a crime, punishable by five years of “correction labour” (forced work).
- In Egypt protesters can go to prison for up to seven years.
- In China the government controls the news so often, reports of protests are not shared with the public. When they are shared, protesters are made to seem like dangerous or bad people. Police have also reacted with violence in the past.
- In some parts of Palestine protests are illegal. People are not even allowed to protest peacefully or own items that could show disapproval of the government. Protesters could be fined or go to prison.
Should all types of protest be allowed? Why would a government want to stop protest? How does protest give power to the people?
CHALLENGE: can democracy exist without protest?
Over to you!
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