World on fire: All the protests happening around the globe right now
- Protests can be a powerful political tool for enacting change.
- Currently, protests are happening in places like Hong Kong, Cairo, Paris, and Moscow, to name a few.
- Despite each demonstration stemming from vastly different issues, many have common threads: citizens want to express their discontent with their current governments, from the "yellow vest" protests in Paris to Indonesian protests against a draconian criminal code.
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Protests have long been a powerful political tool for enacting change and expressing discontent.
From the Civil Rights Movement's the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to Indian independence, protests have left powerful marks upon the world. Historically, protests have served as an outlet for marginalized groups to articulate their frustrations - and make their demands known. One such example is New York's Stonewall riots, which kicked off the modern Pride movement and mainstream LGBTQ visibility.
Today, protests like last month's Global Climate Strike and Hong Kong's ongoing mass protests are calls for politicians to change their policies. The climate strike, for example, drew over 6 million protesters around the world, making it the biggest demonstration against climate change in history.
While protests have changed significantly with the rise of technology and social media, they're still powerful agents for change.
In an interview with WNYC's On The Media, technological sociologist Zeynep Tufekci said that modern protest has the "capacity for changing the narrative."
"The thing is, though in the past, you can think of the protest as an exclamation mark at the end of a long sentence, whereas right now it's just the first word in a potential sentence," Tufekci told WNYC.
Here are the protests currently happening around the world.
In Hong Kong, a new extradition law sparked protests back in June, but the conflict is escalating.
A criminal code in Indonesia has led to protests against its draconian laws.
3In the Netherlands, thousands of Dutch farmers clogged highways with their tractors.
Several protests are ongoing in France, including demonstrations by Paris police officers.
In Russia, thousands gathered to demand the release of protesters who were arrested on charges of rioting.
Peruvians protested the confusion surrounding President Vizcarra’s government in the streets of Lima.
Protesters in Haiti called for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.
Egypt saw another wave of protests calling for the resignation of authoritarian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Lebanon is experiencing protests due to its slowing economy.
Syria's Kurdish population is protesting their exclusion from a UN committee.
Protests erupted in Iraq against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government.
In Jerusalem, Palestinians protested the hospitalization of a Palestinian detainee accused of killing an Israeli teenager.
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