Protests are part of every day life and date back to the Biblical era. Usually they are public demonstrations expressing opposition and objection to specific government policy. There are various types of protests...rallies and demonstrations, sit-ins, marches, picketing, vigil, civil disobedience and strikes. One of the earliest demurs was the reign of Seth-Peribsen (Skhemib) in ancient Egypt prior to 2700 B.C.
Some gripes are peaceful while others can transform into sheer ugliness and violence. Usually when these events become aggressive it's the demonstrators that initiate the chaos. However, sometimes the police or military will retaliate in thorough bloodshed. Case in point, the date, June 4/89, the place, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. Chinese citizens were involved in a democracy movement against China's communist government. News reports stated the Chinese military killed hundreds of demonstrators.
I used to listen to late night talk radio show www.Coast To Coast.com hosted by George Noory. One evening he was interviewing a guest who was a British reporter and present at Tiananmen Square the day of the murderous happening. His story was a "little" different from the original news accounts. He stated it was barbaric savagery by the Chinese military...tanks were purposely and literally driving over people. He also said there wasn't a few hundred that died...15,000 were killed.
It really sickens me when I see revolters change into raging lunatics. Two examples I recall are the 2010 G-20 Summit conference in Toronto, Ontario and just recently U.S. (United States) President Donald Trump's Inauguration on Jan. 20/17 in Washington, D.C. These morons destroy everything in their sight. They throw bottles and large objects, set vehicles on fire, smash businesses and loot...an individual who is rabid is more civilized than these assholes.
These fuck heads don't show any respect or consideration whatsoever for people's property. I could never understand why these motherfuckers ventilate their so called frustration and anger on innocent store and business owners, smashing their buildings...they should thank their lucky stars they don't live under a Chinese regime.
Of course I must include the pathetic morons called, "We are the Ungovernable." Around 10:00 p.m. on March 3/18 about thirty of these low-life fucking jerks decided to participate in a rampage and vandalism of stores on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. These gutless fuckers (they were a masked mob dressed in black) caused over $100,000 damage to small businesses.
These yellow belly milksops didn't announce any ideology whatsoever, no purpose, no cause, no motive for their disgusting behaviour. The same old question always emerges and irritates me on a continuous basis. What did the store owners do to inspire these fuck heads to vandalize their stores? Unquestionably nothing. In fact they probably don't even know each other as well as never even met one another. But somehow these fuckers wanted to engage into senseless destruction of private property.
It's a shame we can't adopt a Singapore law. If an individual is caught vandalizing public or private property they receive three whacks across their back with a piece of river road performed by a martial artist. After the third blow the victim will fade into unconsciousness and end up in the hospital for a lengthy and painful visit. Five will get you ten if this was to happen to any members of, "We are the Ungovernable" they would quickly change their name to, "We are the Governable."
On the flip side there are peaceful demonstrations. When Ontario teachers take to the road to Queens Park (Ontario Legislative Assembly) in Toronto, to voice their displeasure to the government, they are loud but that's as far as it goes. In spite of that, the teachers' unions (who nevertheless are always disgruntled) and government always appear to be camouflaged as two peas in a pod...the two sides always end up kissing and making up.
The Million Man March is a traditional protest held every year since 1995 in Washington, D.C. by African-American men. The purpose is to place black issues (economical and social factors) back on the nation's political agenda. As far as I know, this march has been fairly tranquil.
The Quebec Student Protests on May 22/12 was Canada's largest protest in Canadian history where 250,000 students marched in Montreal disagreeing with increases to their tuition...there was no violence reported.
Three Canadian M.P.'s (Member of Parliament) a N.D.P. (New Democratic Party), a Conservative and a Liberal (sounds like the start of a joke) travelled to China in the 1990's. Their intention was to discuss, educate and persuade the Chinese government about human rights.
As if these Canadian clowns were going to influence the Chinese to observe and comply with human rights...a complete waste of Canadian tax payers' money and time and effort from the three bone heads. I recall telling the story to my long time and very good friend Uncle Block and his reply was very genuine and realistic, "what about human rights in Canada?"
Which brings me to my next point. Private organizations and individuals also "worry" about problems far and abroad. I was greatly mystified after reading Canadian women were journeying to Washington, D.C. to take part in a protest against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. They were angry about his inappropriate comments about women and women's rights in general.
The Hamilton Spectator, Jan. 22/17, reported there were a thousand men, women and children who attended a rally at Hamilton, Ontario City Hall, who also voiced their negative opinions about Trump. I ponder how vocal these anti-Trump people are with problems about women's rights in third world, communist and certain middle east countries.
I may be going out on a limb, but I wonder if these protesters can't see the forest because of the trees. In my opinion they wasted their time and effort on an issue and individual that has absolutely nothing to do with the Canadian political playhouse...Canadians, as sure as the Miami Marlins not winning the 2018 World Series, are not going to change or alter conditions in the U.S.
Women in modern civilized countries have gained a lot of sanctions throughout the years. Case in point, women won the right to vote...1919 in Canada and 1920 in the U.S. Without a doubt women should have the same rights and opportunities as men and be treated with respect and equality.
Getting back to the Canadian anti-Trump ladies, they should take a long and serious look in their own backyards. Canada has significant problems of neglect on women's rights...there has been decades long violence against Indigenous women. According to the R.C.M.P. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) from 1980-2012 there were 1,181 cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women. However, as stated by some grass root organizations and the Ministry of the Status of Women the number is closer to 4,000.
Here are some disturbing statistics from the Canada's Women's Foundation.
(1) half of all women in Canada have experienced some sort of physical or sexual violence since they were 16 years old.
(2) 67% of all Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced sexual or physical abuse.
(3) on any given night, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children sleep in a shelter because it isn't safe at home.
(4) on any given night about 300 women and children are turned away from shelters because they are full.
I think the obvious question is why don't these anti-Trump demonstrators exhaust all of their drive, energy and passion, lobbying the provincial and federal governments on issues that affect people in Canada and stop wasting their time on matters in a foreign country, that they know will have no impact whatsoever.
Certain people and organizations will always protest against just about anything. On the rare occasion protests may be convincing, but for their duration it is nothing more than exercise or a social gathering for the participants.
The Canadian Aboriginals have voiced their concerns numerous times to the government in the forms of protests and sit-ins, but how persuasive and successful have they been...they always claim the government isn't doing enough for them
For the most part, we as Canadians should protest more often, especially when our governments (municipal, provincial and federal) decide to create new or increase taxes or reduce our benefits i.e. our C.P.P. (Canada Pension Plan) that (by they way, Harper and Trudeau) we have paid into our entire working life. If there were vast and enormous amounts of tax payers "taking it to the streets", maybe, just maybe, the government would listen. However, (I'm the first to admit) most of us do diddly squat...we will either continually bitch or write about the cancerous administration that steals OUR money and controls our lives.
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