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Protest expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations: sometimes in favour, more often opposed. Protestors may undertake direct action or use more indirect means to publicise their feelings/opinions.

Table of contents
1 Causes
2 Historical Examples
3 Forms of Protest
4 See also


Wherever governmental policy, economic circumstances, religious orthodoxy, social structures, or media monopoly restrict self-expression in theory, in practice or in appearance, grumbles or interior opposition may spill over into other areas such as culture, the streets or emigration.

Historical Examples

Unaddressed protest may grow and foster dissent, activism, riots, insurgency, revolts, and political and/or social revolution, as in:

Forms of Protest

Canonical forms of protest include:

See also

Note: In American English the verb "protest" often acts transitively: The students protested the policy. Elsewhere we still find intransitive usage: The students protested against the policy; or: The students protested in favour of the policy.