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Is rioting ever justified?

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.

If unjust rulers suppress their people with violence, then riots are a necessary response

Rulers can more easily use violence to unjustly suppress their people. Their people have the right of self-defense and, if necessary, violent protest. Explore

Riots inspire political change more quickly

While peaceful protesting can inspire political change, riots demand change at a quicker pace or create the change on their own Explore

No, rioting is never justified

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. Explore

Riots harm people and communities

Riots harm the livelihoods of the same people rioters and protesters advocate for. Explore
This page was last edited on Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 21:25 UTC