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Are political protests effective? Show more Show less
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A protest is a public demonstration that expresses disapproval towards something. Political protests focus on objecting policies or actions by governing bodies. Some of the political protests that have occurred in the past year include the George Floyd protests, the 2019-2020 Hong Kong protests, the Philippines’ Anti-Terror Bill protests, and the 2019 Venezuelan protests.

Political protests do not work Show more Show less

Political protests alone cannot create a lasting impact. The public would benefit more from also learning about significant issues as opposed to simply becoming aware of them. People need to engage in “evidence-based education” to bring about real change.
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Political protests are not effective on their own

Political protests need evidence-based education in order to succeed.
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Regardless of the number of its participants, a protest cannot be considered effective unless its protestors take it upon themselves to inform others about what they are protesting. These conversations tend to occur after people leave a march or an event, providing them with meaningful discussions once they are no longer at a protest. Solely protesting can achieve immediate success, but this victory is short-lived. According to University of Washington professor Abhinav Gupta, protests on their own need evidence-based education to truly create a more lasting impact.[1] Gupta’s study found that protests “do little to expand the objectives of a cause more broadly” and solely create disruption-based tactics (Reference 1). To elicit change, disruption-based tactics must pave the way for evidence-based tactics in order to educate and inspire the public about specific issues.

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