In Thailand hundreds if not thousands of red shirted anti-government protesters are donating their blood in order to collect it in bottles to throw at government buildings as a ritual sacrificial offering. They claim this is a demonstration of love for their country. Is this a protest too far?
Recently there were protests in a Dutch Catholic Church against a priest refusing Holy Communion to an openly gay man. Is the right to protest absolute in a free society or was this a protest too far, this Dutch political party thought it was. Yet the protest seemed to work on this occasion, as communion is again offered to all.
We can all remember the 2008 free Tibet protests that marred the journey of the Olympic torch in the run up the Beijing games. This video demonstartes the power of that protest that was seen around the world.
Some thought this was a legitimate protest and others thought it was wrong to involve the Olympic movement in this long political struggle? Do you think it was a legitimate protest? Where are the limits to protest? Who decides what is a legitimate protest and what is not?
Do protests always enrich and enliven democratic societies? This dynamic power that drives people’s desire to stand up and protest is it always a limitless right?
Or does protest keep freedom alive? do they continually challenging societies, cultures and political elites of all shades?