Use your right to protest

by Nenad Todorovski on 18th May, 2013 at 9:06 PM CEST

"…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth!”… Nicely put, Mr. Lincoln!

This extract from Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address grasps the core of every democracy. Isn’t that the reason why democratic states exist? Isn’t that why people choose governments? So that people could enjoy their human rights, realizing their dreams, ambitions, thoughts, ideas, etc.? Every now and then (according to the country’s legislative), most of us use our lawful right to vote. By choosing a government, we basically choose a program in accordance to which the country is to be led in the next X number of years. But, what happens when the state engine stalls and starts turning on its people? Let me go a little bit more personal on this one – how many times have you found yourself discontent with the course of some important state matter? More importantly, what have you done to change it? Protest is one of the many ways to take the matters into your hands. There are many forms of protests: protest marches; picketing, lockdowns, die-ins, petitions, etc. All of them with their own specific peculiarity, protests are a perfect way to publicly show dissatisfaction.

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Coming from a very inert society where people seem to have lost their faith in democratic tools, I feel the need to exemplify the power of protests. The case of Rosa Parks is probably one of the most daring acts of defiance. On December 1, 1955, she refused to obey the bus regulation based on racist laws and sacrificed her future in order to protest against the same regulations. The small, but courageous step she took by refusing to give up her bus seat gave impetus to the whole anti-segregation movement, so that today her grandchildren could live as equals in the state that considered her to be a second-hand citizen. Knowing the perks of being an active and resolute person as a protester, it is convenient to mention a few helpful tips of organizing a protest. First of all, every protest should have a clear goal and message. People need to relate to something easily understandable in order to support it. Having and gathering an audience is also of a great importance. Different social groups react to different stimuli, so choose you means wisely. Then, organization! Best way to organize is to use the social networks. Location is also of a great importance. It needs to be a popular spot, but also a place that will strike people with sentiment. Furthermore, having a renowned and popular spokesman will greatly aid the cause. And finally and most importantly, DON’T GIVE UP BEFORE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!

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So, what will it be? Will you choose to be the whip of society, the just hand of retribution, the extension of the judicial system? Or will it be the puppet, the marionette? Will you be controlled by the machinery created to serve you? The choice is in your hands.

Nenad Todorovski, Action Team #11

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Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

The points you mentioned needs to be work on... Nice thought provoking article Nenad.

20th May, 2013 @ 7:03 AM CEST

Hajdi Kostova

Hajdi Kostova | Action team

Great one! Keep this up :)

20th May, 2013 @ 8:23 PM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

Awesome :) Protest for your rights! Stand up :)

20th May, 2013 @ 8:32 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Superb! People should know that they hold the real power and with proper organisation everything is possible. Kudos :)

20th May, 2013 @ 9:50 PM CEST

Nenad Todorovski

Nenad Todorovski | Action team

Thank you all for the supporting words! :))

21st May, 2013 @ 11:53 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Nicely written Tip of the Week. I love it. Big ups Nenad!

22nd May, 2013 @ 8:12 PM CEST

Nenad Todorovski

Nenad Todorovski | Action team

Thanks for the support, Sam! :)

24th May, 2013 @ 3:03 AM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Great article Nenad. These days I am following the Monsanto protests against GMO seeds. It's funny how a good protest never ends on a mainstream media.
I also must add up that it is not only our environment where people seem to have lost faith in democratic tools.The greed is everywhere - just it takes different forms, shapes and degrees.


26th May, 2013 @ 2:43 PM CEST

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