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PROTEST IS A MEANS for the common people to assert power over their oppressors. People have protested against the ruling class at least since biblical times. The specific forms of protests are varied and range from aggressive riots to nonviolent acts. Taking to the street in unison for demonstrations or marches, insurgencies, coups d'états, industrial actions (strike, go-slow, workto-rule), boycotts, petitions, taking over buildings, hunger strikes, and sit-ins are all forms of resistance that signify protest against any number of particular social conditions. Protesters congregate around an ideology or an individual who embodies an ideology, and their numbers can range from small groups to large masses.

Protest movements, as we know them now, first started to develop during the 19th century as the working classes became ...

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