An Exploration Into Our Human Right To Protest

I believe I have the right to participate in public protests even as someone who is under 18, don’t you? Protests are a way to express how you feel about political problems, environmental problems, or anything else you’re passionate about. In history, protests have been a way for people to express their opinions and achieve important changes. Being involved in a protest can sometimes be the only way to support a cause or stand up for minorities.

As a youth, protests are one of the only ways to make my voice heard since I don’t have the right to vote. The first march I attended was when I was only a few weeks old, in a pack on my fathers back whilst my parents rallied against the war with Iraq, which over 300,000 people attended. More and more frequently there are rallies for the LGBTQI+ community and political protests which have to happen over and over again to be noticed and heard. Having an opinion that you’re passionate about is good, but having thousands of people to express that opinion side by side with is great, and the most frequent way to do this is to protest.

Throughout history, protests have been used and have succeeded to make massive changes to society. For instance, in 1902, the suffragettes (women who were seeking the right to vote) won the right to vote by their multiple protests. They had started protesting in the 1890’s but passed the law a year after federation. Another example of a fight for equality was when, in the 1960’s, Martin Luther King Jr. had an enormous affect on the Civil Rights movement and is known to be the biggest reason why there is race equality in North America today.

Protests are a simple yet effective way to stand up for something you believe in and get a point across. The way society is dealing with (or not dealing with) environmental problems and political problems can be changed if people decide to speak out. By attending a protest and getting your point across, you are one more person helping to make a difference. The bigger the numbers, the bigger the recognition of the protest and the more likely a change will take place.

Have you ever been to a protest? Are there any rallies that you would like to participate in one day or wish you could support? There are other ways to express your opinion, such as on the Internet and connecting with others who share the same opinions as you. Stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to be heard.