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If India wants her bloodbath, she shall have it. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Jail has indeed become a heaven for us. To serve India in the battle for freedom is honor enough .... But to suffer for the dear country! What greater good fortune could befall an Indian. Jawaharlal Nehru
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans–mostly under 30–are determined to destroy our society Richard Nixon
... every ticket purchased for the Peekskill concert will drop nickels and dimes into the basket of an un-American political organization... the time for tolerant silence that signifies approval is running out. Peekskill Evening Star
If it takes a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. Ronald Reagan
The law is clear that the right to petition one's government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups…. The right to protest should be commensurate with the enormity of the wrongs that are being protested. Frank Minis Johnson Jr.
The Roman Catholic influence did not lend itself to activism in terms of social change. Joseph Lowery
This is America. We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we certainly believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset – and rightfully so – are executives being rewarded for failure, especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, many of whom are having a tough time themselves. Barack Obama
If this is about holding meetings, if this is a social movement, where they gather 20, I will get up and gather 200,000 people. Where they gather 100,000, I will bring together 1 million from my party. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The March on Washington was not a climax but a new beginning. Bayard Rustin
We are on the threshold of a significant breakthrough, and the greatest weapon is the mass demonstration. Martin Luther King Jr.
Yesterday a crowd of women assembled on the public square and marching thence down Main, sacked several shoe, grocery and other stores. Their pretense was bread; but their motive really was license. Few of them have really felt want. The President went down amongst them and said a few words to them telling them that the course they were pursuing was the one most likely to bring scarcity of food on the city. . . . It was a real women’s riot, but as yet there is really little cause for one—there is scarcity, but little want. Josiah Gorgas
We … travelled through the enemy's territory on our way to the ferry and while the streets were very full and there were many waves and cheers, there was no lack of boos which amused me a good deal, for I rather think that that kind of demonstration is an asset in certain ways. After all the whole world can't think and feel alike! Eleanor Roosevelt
Unless we get white people into the streets with Negroes for the march [on Washington], the fight will appear to be between white people and black and not between justice and injustice. Bayard Rustin
How do you justify bringing such a large demonstration to Washington DC when the authorities believe that it would be impossible to bring more than 100,000 militant Negroes into Washington without incidents and possibly rioting Lawrence E. Spivak
HUGE CIA OPERATION REPORTED IN U. S. AGAINST ANTIWAR FORCES Seymour Hersh
Mr. President, we are going to march on Washington. The people are restless. The Black masses are restless. A. Philip Randolph
Kill As Many Of Us As You Want. We Are Not Going To Die Muslim Brotherhood
You cannot sit down at the negotiating table and still preach violence in the streets. John McCain
In all the Arab countries I have been in, the people have said that they were not demonstrating for food. They wanted dignity. Jeffery Goldberg
We use celebrity to the advantage of everything. Why not to the advantage of those who need to be liberated? My job was to convince the icons in the arts that they needed to have a presence in Washington on that day. Harry Belafonte
Jobs For All Now Anonymous
Uganda: Kill the Bill—Not the Gays Anonymous
“HEY BANKERS! YOU BREAK IT, YOU PAY FOR IT” Anonymous
One Nation Under Greed Anonymous
BUY STOCKS NOT POLITICIANS Anonymous
Stop Robbing The Middle Class To Pay The Rich Anonymous
I am against revolutions. We have had negative experience with coups and rallies in the past. We remember the shooting at the White House in Moscow The new Russian protest is the most beautiful, most peaceful, most intelligent protest in the world—not a single broken window, not a single burned care or victim. Yevgenia Chirikova
We are not afraid of their guns. Honduras army pattern is just 7000 men. If we take up arms, we would quickly run away so few soldiers. But our goal is to allocate the regime in a peaceful and honorable way. Women, children, youth, students, workers -- we all have united in a civic front against the coup. Even my 80 year old mother went to the streets and practiced non-violent resistance. Manuel Zelaya
The wise man who has charge of governing the empire should know the cause of disorder before he can put it in order. Unless he knows its cause, he cannot regulate it. Moizi
Where and when have riots and anarchy been provoked by wise measures? If the government had acted wisely, and if their measures had met the needs of the poor peasants, would there have been unrest among the peasant masses? Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Eric Hoffer
“Activist” is a dirty word in the United States. We are not activists for any particular political position on most issues. We are activists only for ending government secrecy. Julian Assange
Nigger, we are tired of you and your mess now. If you aren’t out of this town in three days, we’re going to blow your brains out and blow up your house. Anomymous
The center of gravity has shifted from the courts to community action. Bayard Rustin
What is the rush? Is all of this done out of fear? Is the Congress of the United States to yield to threats of further demonstrations by minority group leaders—blackmail if you will? …. Is the Congress to comply by legislation with the demands and even riots of every organized minority group in the country? William Colmer
I’m sorry, dear, but I must go to jail. Mary Parkman Peabody
'Oh, glory, I've said it so many times already: We are not just Northerners. We are part of the U.S.A. Mary Parkman Peabody
We need some old people in this thing, We are just what they say we are - do-gooders. Mary Parkman Peabody
Before, the Negro in the South had always looked on the defensive, cringing. This time they were taking the initiative. Robert Moses
I must admit that this is a deliberate attempt to dramatize conditions in this city and state. We’re going to turn Selma upside down and inside out in order to make it right side up. Martin Luther King Jr.
The march is not conducive to the orderly flow of traffic and commerce within and through the state of Alabama. The additional hazard placed on highway travel by any such actions cannot be countenanced. Such a march cannot and will not be tolerated. George C. Wallace
Get those goddamned niggers! And get those goddamned white niggers. James Gardner Clark Jr.
The murder, savage brutality, and violence perpetrated by Alabama lawmen have so aroused the nation as to make action by the Congress necessary and speedy. Emanuel Celler
There never was a moment of American history more honorable or more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. Martin Luther King Jr.
… white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture (of private discrimination and segregation) that has been accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II. Otto Kerner Jr.
Providing employment for the swelling Negro ghetto population will require ...opening suburban residential areas to Negroes and encouraging them to move closer to industrial centers. Otto Kerner Jr.
The student protests of the 1960s were partly the outcome of the hypertrophy of the university and the resulting shortcoming in higher education. Walter Laqueur
“...the consequences of militancy do not disappear when the need for militancy is over. Germaine Greer
Draw no color line. A White rioter is just as dangerous as a Negro rioter. Anonymous
I believe in the honest feeling of the working people and in their unshakable loyalty to me. Therefore I forgive them. Nicholas II
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde
Most blacks are happy, except those who have had other ideas pushed into their ears. Pieter Willem Botha
I am writing to you to tell you of my decision to return to your Government the Carl von Ossietzsky medal for peace. I do so reluctantly and after two years of private approaches on behalf of Heinz Brandt, whose continued imprisonment is a barrier to coexistence, relaxation of tension and understanding between East and West... I regret not to have heard from you on this subject. I hope that you will yet find it possible to release Brandt through an amnesty which would be a boon to the cause of peace and to your country. Bertrand Russell
Any attempt at demonstrating (rallies) will immediately result in adequate and strict reaction by the armed forces. Seyran Ohanyan
… Negroes chased everywhere and killed when caught. William Steinway
We, who are now embarked in this cause, have to renew our determination, and in proportion as power is exerted against us to oppose ourselves to it as a wall of brass. Let us receive but not return its shocks; for if we abide by the law and pursue truth and justice we may suffer loss for a moment, but as certainly as Providence presides over human affairs every arm lifted against us shall not prosper, and against every tongue that contendeth with us we will obtain our cause. James Warren Doyle
… in your opposition to this pest of agriculture and bane of religion [the Tithe], keep always before your eyes a salutary dread of those statutes which guard the tithe. Let no violence or combination to inspire dread be ever found in your proceedings. Justice has no need of such allies. In these countries, if you only obey the law and reverence the constitution, they both will furnish you with ample means whereby to overthrow all oppression, and will secure to you the full enjoyment of every social right. James Warren Doyle
… let a firm Resolution be taken, by Male and Female, never to appear with one single Shred that comes from England, and let all the People say AMEN! Jonathan Swift
There are .. two choices: obedience to institutional authority or radical dissent from it. David D. Cole
We Seek DESEGRATED Public Schools Anonymous
They formed up in marching order, whilst at their lead rushed a man … shouting wildly, ‘Fall in and follow me’ …. As the crowd continued to advance an order was given: ‘Draw-Ready-Charge!’ Men in the crowd went down like ninepins, and the rest fled helter skelter. Constables wearing bandoliers filled with bullets and with rifles at the ready were jumping out of caged cars…. Batons were useless and the police were compelled to fire. Belfast Telegraph
BEING CONVINCED in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship, and perilous to the unity of the Empire, we, whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster …. do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant, throughout this our time of threatened calamity, to stand by one another in defending, for ourselves and our children, our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom, and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland. And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognize its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereto subscribe our names. Anonymous
The police seemed to lose their head completely as they dashed into the crowds on their horses and slashed out with their clubs. Ray Stannard Baker
I’m just here chillin’ in Washington, about to get arrested. Elias Gonzales
The Man of Galilee, the Carpenter, the workingman who became the revolutionary agitator of his day soon found himself to be an undesirable citizen in the eyes of the ruling knaves and they had him crucified. Eugene V. Debs
No Stamp Act, No Sedition Act, No Alien Bills, No Land Tax, downfall to the Tyrants of America; peace and retirement to the President; Long Live the Vice President. David Brown
Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews in this land have been murdered in the most bestial manner. The German people are again sleeping on in obtuse, stupid sleep giving these fascist criminals the temerity and opportunity to continue to rage—and they are doing it…. Everyone is guilty, guilty, guilty! Sophia Magdalena Scholl
The picture you exhibit and the accounts that are published, exhibit a melancholy verification of what our transatlantic foes have predicted; and of another thing, which is perhaps still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable--that mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. I am mortified beyond expression. I am lost in amazement, when I behold what intrigue, the interested view of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part of our fellow citizens, are capable of effecting; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people can be so short-sighted. George Washington
Kill the Foreign Devil! Kill! Kill! Kill! Boxers
An armed body of white men at Rock Springs, Wyoming, have attacked Chinese coal miners working for Union Pacific Railway ... Have driven Chinamen out of town into hills. Have burned their houses and are destroying railroad property; some 40 houses burned; 3 men known to be killed, many more believed to be. Mob now preventing some 500 Chinamen from reaching food or shelter. Francis Emroy Warren
Sometimes I feel like the government is more afraid of people telling the truth than they are of the protests and violence. Ilham Tohti
We’re Fighting for Democracy. Please Excuse the Inconvenience. Anonymous
When demonstrators are being civilly disobedient, they will in most cases be given a chance to adhere to the law before being arrested, and then if necessary, they will be arrested in a non-violent manner. Francis G. Slay
In order for non-violence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none. Stokely Carmichael; Kwame
A boycott is the most peaceful and passive kind of protest there is and can be. We do not say we hate you or even say that you are wrong. We just say that we don’t want to ride your bus. Stokely Carmichael; Kwame
Here we have a protest law. This law does not prevent protests but regulates them. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi