Let’s accept it that spending hours and hours in freezing environment, marching in soul-burning temperature and shouting out of your lungs is not a natural thing to do. It’s a clear-cut fact that hellish forces within government always drain our resources and destroy the native cultures by pushing us back from the bliss of freedom but one should always remember that without protests there would be no democracy. No doubt, voicing your own views can certainly bring progressive changes along with the sense of solidarity. This page of TopYaps is focusing on ten incidents where civilians fought and died on the line of courage to make this world a much better place and to actualize the coming generation that they own a lot of things.
10. Prague Spring Protest:
Initiated by Alexander Dubček, a Slovak politician, on January 5, 1968, this protest was an unsuccessful attempt to retaliate the policies of Soviet Union. During his short leadership in Czechoslovakia, Dubček not only tried to decentralize the administrative authority but he also loosed the restrictions on travel, media and speech. This initiative infuriated the Soviets and thus Warsaw Pact troops were sent to sweep away this nation. However, this nonviolent protest was quickly overshadowed by the Soviet forces but it became successful in stimulating the literalistic and musical capabilities of Czech.
9. Egypt Protest 2011:
Baffled by the damned regime of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian President from 1981 to 2011, a monolithic compound of civilians led up a historical protest which compelled Mubarak to resign from his post. This uprising initiated on January 25, 2011, demanding the rectification of some of the essential issues, such as: unstoppable corruption, police atrocities, restriction of speeches and free elections along with food price inflation and extreme unemployment.
8. Tiananmen Square Protest of 1989:
Better known as the June Fourth Incident, this protest comprises a series of demonstrations, led by the intellectual segment of People’s Republic of China. Triggered on April 15, 1989, in Beijing, after the death of firebrand leader Hu Yaobang, this protest embarked the downfall of number of communist governments in Eastern Europe. The wave of economic liberalization and reformation, started by Yaobang, propelled approximately 100,000 Chinese civilians to stand against the government. Maddened by this uprising, Martial Law was declared on May 20 by contemporary Premier, Li Peng. Protestors were barbarically wiped out by the People’s Liberation Army. It is said that about several hundreds to thousands people were killed in the counter attack which was sufficient to discolor the face of Chinese government on international level.
7. Dutch Resistance:
The story of this protest dates back to World War II when Netherlands was in occupation of Nazi. During the Holocaust, it was almost horrible deed to take any adverse step against the Nazi regime but people of Netherlands gradually penetrated the security parameters of Hitler’s fort. Military styled groups, Dutch communists and some notable figures of Jewish fraternity initiated a slow but effective counterintelligence, communication networks and domestic sabotage which helped Allied Forces to trounce the Nazi and gave the absolute freedom to Netherlands.
6. Iranian Revolution of 1979:
This revolution marks the closing of eminent Pahlavi dynasty of Iran which was contemporarily governed by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Protest against the Shah spurted in October 1977, under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a prominent politician and religious leader of Iran. The protest approached its apex during the last months of 1978 and obligated Shah to left for exile. After hammering the royal force of oppressive regime in straightforward guerrilla war, Khomeini was eventually elected as the supreme leader of Iran.
5. Moratorium Against Vietnam War:
Throughout the history, the Vietnam war is notable for demonstrating the ugliest face of harshness and inhumanity. Later, this war prompted American civilians to retaliate the participation of their own government in the war ring. An extremely standardized anti-war demonstration, this peaceful protest was started on October 15, 1969, with the participation of various political figureheads of America. The huge mass of protestors was amazingly supported by uniformed police officers, singing the song of John Lennon: “Give peace a chance.”
4. Stonewall Protest:
Better known as the originator of modern gay rights movement, this protest was carried out against the raid of police on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in the Greenwich Village of the New York City. The raid, conducted on June 28, 1969, aroused the gay community to oppose the the oppression of US Government on sexual minorities. Inspired by this protest, various gay-lesbian activist organizations were founded in New York and other parts of the world, marking the inauguration of sexual rights movements around the world.
3. Civil Rights Washington, 1963:
Also known as the Great March on Washington, this protest was generally a massive political rally demanding civil and economic rights for Black Americans. Comprising 70-80% black protestors, this historical rally is credited for passing the Civil Right Act (1964) which outlawed discrimination against the black race. This event is also famous for the historical speech “I have a dream,” delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963 at Lincoln Memorial.
2. Salt Satyagraha:
Counted among one of the most significant protests during the Indian Independence expedition, this uprising began on March 12, 1930. Baffled by the British Raj salt laws, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), originated a foot-walk from his Sabarmati Ashram to the sea cost of Dandi village, located about 390 km. This campaign is said to be a landmark in history of Indian Independence as it stimulated Indians to fight against the British regime for first time, collectively. Based upon Bapu’s principles, this satyagraha drew worldwide attention to the independence movement of India and changed the perception of entire world toward Indian Independence.
1. Boston Tea Party:
This protest was executed by colonists in Boston, against the monopoly of East India Company and the British Government. According to some amendments in Tea Act, the tax on imported tea was increased exponentially and Americans were obligated to pay significantly high amount for tea. Bemused by this flagitious law, a group of colonists destroyed some ships, loaded with tea and threw the entire material into Boston Harbor. December 16, 1773, witnessed this courageous act of American freedom fighters and later it became a key event in flaming the American Revolution.
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