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August 16, 2018

The Power of Protests

Lagos Archdiocese

  In the civilized world, protests work. Peaceful protests constitute a veritable and potent tool for expressing grievances, demonstrating strong dissent, disapproval of something or a readiness to resist an unacceptable status quo. Protests give very strong signal of the people’s frame of mind. They capture people’s mood about how disappointed or disgruntled they are with a prevailing or impending issues. How the government responds to protests sends clear message of its sense of responsibility and leadership. How seriously it takes protests shows how much it values those it governs. If those in government were truly elected through the people’s…

Protests and democracy

The International Community recognizes protests as a legitimate instrument for fostering democracy. Protests assumed a greater significance since the end of the Second World War in 1945, when colonized people and various other groups under one form of subjugation or another began to rise to the challenge .They became aware that the sole interest of those in power is to maintain the status quo and if not brought under serious pressure, would never work for the common good. The awareness so created informed the drafting of the highly revered International Charter on Human Rights to which every member country of…