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84,043. On 16th October 1968 Tommy Smith and John Carlos’s controversial demonstration stunned the world. Yet it wasn’t the only black protest on the victory rostrum. And nor was it spontaneous. (Olympics & Demonstration & Protest & Black Culture) 1968 Olympics: Black Power Salute
84,047. The black power disciples Tommy Smith and John Carlos, the Olympic 200 meters gold and bronze medallists, have been suspended by the United States Olympic Committee and given forty-eight hours to leave Mexico. (Olympics & Demonstration & Protest & Black Culture) BBC Good Morning Mexico news report
76,033. Thousands in a tightly packed column marched through the streets in the centre of Amsterdam while the Germans circled round them in tanks. Of course the demonstrators weren’t armed, yet they found a weapon in marching and singing. So they marched along the Rosenbach singing the Internationale. (Netherlands & Demonstration & Protest & Dissent) Gerben Wagenar
26,321. One hundred thousand people demonstrated for peace. (World War I & Demonstration) Jeremy Paxman, Britain's Great War: War Comes to Britain, BBC 2014
32,912. The vast demonstration against Bush on 20 November once again opened wide the increasingly intolerable contradiction on the British left. These demonstrations in 2003 were far greater than anything in the 1960s or indeed at any other time before or since, yet when the crowds have dispersed, there is so little sign of any political result. (Iraq & Protest & Demonstrate & Dissent) Paul Foot, Left Alternative: Beyond the Crossroads
5,476. Great disparities of wealth in society, however, restrict freedoms every bit as much as restrictions on voting. Everyone is ‘free’ to send their children to private school, to have tea at the Ritz, to gamble on the stock exchange. These ‘freedoms’ are defended far more vigorously than the freedom to vote, yet they are in fact restrictions on freedom. For every one person who can have tea at the Ritz, there are a hundred who cannot do so because they have not got the money. If 10 per cent can send their children to private school and secure for them a straight route back into the privileged class from which they came, 90 per cent cannot do so – are banned from doing so – because they cannot afford it.
Thus the ‘freedom’ handed out by capitalist society is more often than not the opposite of freedom. Yet the idea of freedom still prevails, because the prevailing ideas of any society are the ideas of the class which runs it.
So the people who fight against these ideas – whether in strikes, demonstrations, popular protests or just in argument – are always, or almost always, swimming against the stream. They are the minority. But this minority, unlike the passive majority, can involve other people far outside their immediate orbit. And once involved in struggle against the old society, people’s ideas can change decisively. (Freedom & Wealth & Society & Capitalism & Class & Strike & Protest & Majority & Minority & People & Idea & Solidarity & Demonstration) Paul Foot, The Case for Socialism chapter 6
86,814. Thirdly, in 1987 the Tories were re-elected on a manifesto based on their ‘flagship’ – the poll tax. Four years later the same government, which made no new pacts and still had a parliamentary majority of nearly 100, withdrew the poll tax. Had they been terrified by the parliamentary opposition? Not at all – they were contemptuous of it. What changed their minds and abolished the poll tax was a mass campaign of civil disobedience, whose climax was probably the biggest demonstration since the war, which turned into a full scale riot. These huge political shifts in our direction were all set in motion from below. They were almost unaffected by what was going on in parliament, or even by which government was in office. The pace of events was determined by the ebb and flow of the struggle between the classes – when they win, we lose, and vice versa. (Poll Tax & Riot & Demonstration) Paul Foot, article 1992 'Why Labour Lost'
49,351. We should be able to demonstrate and protest and bring our grievances to the centre of political power in Britain without a policeman’s permission. (Dissent & Demonstrate & Protest) Henry Porter
29,782. American campuses exploded. (Nixon & Protest & Demonstration) The American Experience: The Presidents: Nixon II: The Triumph, PBS
29,783. Angry protesters returned to Washington ... That night, protesters circled the White House with chains and candles. (Nixon & Protest & Demonstration) ibid.
49,386. What’s important is the people who have come on this march. We have built relationships with Muslims, Jews, Christians, blacks, whites. We want to dismiss the idea that it’s a religious war, which it isn’t. (Protest & Demonstration) Tony Benn
29,683. The baby boomers want an end to the Vietnam War and they take their protest to the streets. (Vietnam & Protest & Demonstration) America: The Story of the US: Millennium 2010
29,684. 1970: there’s been thousands of anti-Vietnam war protests. Kent State University Ohio: the National Guard are ordered in to control five hundred protesting students. Television is here watching. Four students are shot dead. (Vietnam & Protest & Television & Demonstration) ibid.
5,328. In June 2001 Brian Haw started his peaceful protest against sanctions placed on Iraq. Over the next four years the government repeatedly arrested Brian and took him to court. But Brian won every time. So the Home Secretary David Blunkett changed the law ... 78 police paid Brian a visit. (Civil Liberties & Protest & Police & Demonstration) Taking Liberties
49,410. Under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act it is now illegal to demonstrate within a kilometre of Parliament, unless you get authorisation from the police. ibid.
29,292. America’s campuses began to buzz with activism ... One hundred people rallied in Washington. (United States & Dissent & Protest & Demonstration) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States VII: Johnson, Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune
49,376. Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. (Dissent & Protest & Democracy & Demonstration) Howard Zinn
48,992. Thousands took to the streets in protests against the apparent insanity of the arms race. (Nuclear & Arms & Weapons & Cold War & Protest & Dissent & Demonstrate) The End of the World: A Horizon Guide BBC 2011
5,104. Then she lay down in the street
Right before the horse’s feet
Expecting with a patient eye
Murder Fraud and Anarchy ...
Tis to work and have such pay
As just keeps life from day to day ...
From the workhouse and the prison
Where pale as corpses newly risen
Women, children, young and old
Groan for pain and weep for cold ...
And that slaughter to the nation
Shall steam up like inspiration,
A volcano heard afar.
And these words shall then become
Like oppression’s thundered doom,
Ringing through each heart and brain
Heard again, again, again –