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Violence is the use of force or power. According to the World Health Organization, it is divided into three broad categories: self-directed violence, interpersonal violence, and collective violence. The question of why violence is inflicted upon oneself or someone else is open to question. Could we categorize all violence as bad, or is some violence necessary to prevent people from committing punishable crimes?

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Violence is an inherent human behavior like joy and excitement. It cannot be avoided, but it should be numbed down in situations that require violence. It is necessary for introducing justice laws to prevent people from committing unjust harm in fear of the violence that might be inflicted on them.
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People have a right to violently protest

Many communities cannot take a peaceful approach to fight injustice because authorities will harm marginalized communities. To have their voice heard during policy-making decisions, violent protesting is justified.
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People who show violence in their protests are likely to report feelings of contempt for political adversaries whom they believe are responsible for the injustice in their community. It has been proven repeatedly that people don't violently protest right away. There is a point where corruption keeps winning, and people can't help but violently protest from a deep sense of helplessness for things to change. [1] In 2020, we have witnessed a rise in protests worldwide against corrupt systems and police brutality. People's anger is justified because their peaceful protests have been met with random attacks by the authorities, such as pepper-spraying the crowd, ramming vehicles into the protestors, and teargassing them. [2] In the US, White people are most likely to be armed during interactions with the police than Black people, but Black people are three times more likely to be killed by the police than White people. [3] Racial injustice against Black people in the US is a prominent example of why marginalized communities need a stronger push of violent protest to have their voice heard. Nonviolent tactics in protests can be effective but violent protests also help change policies and fight injustice. For instance, the officers who murdered George Floyd were arrested because of people violently protesting to fight for justice.

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The government has the right to stop protests if people are destroying government property. Violent protests are outlawed everywhere, and in the US, the First Amendment states that people have the right to "peaceably" assemble, so violence in protests are prohibited.[4] Protestors are allowed to protests for any cause they believe in, but there should be no violence that could harm people, property, or businesses.

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  1. https://theconversation.com/why-do-protests-turn-violent-its-not-just-because-people-are-desperate-139968
  2. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/2/21275901/police-violence-riots-jacob-blake-kenosha-wisconsin
  3. https://news.northeastern.edu/2020/06/10/are-peaceful-protests-more-effective-than-violent-ones/
  4. https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/about/faq/do-we-have-an-unfettered-right-to-protest-on-government-property/
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