Throughout the world, riots have erupted in reaction to injustice experienced by the population from those in power. Many are quick to suggest that the violent nature of the protest takes away from the cause. Others point to the real political change that arises from protesters' (and rioters') demands. But is rioting ever justified?
Yes, rioting can be justified
There are instances where no other action can be taken to ensure that justice is achieved, other avenues for redress have been exhausted, and some form of violence is needed to move governments to action.
Riots are a necessary response to rulers' breach of power
Rulers can more easily use violence to unjustly suppress their people. Their people have the right of self-defense and, if necessary, violent protest.
There is no situation in which rioting is justified, as rioting always takes away the moral high ground of the injustice of those rioting.
Rioters are usually unconcerned with the cause they claim to uphold
Protesting and rioting are two separate actions, and drawing a clear distinction between them is important. While protesting serves as a social or political message, rioting simply denotes a call for violence and anarchy.