But I think if you were to poll a group of random people, most would say that we as human beings DO have the right to protest... But DO we? Merriam-Webster's defines the verb PROTEST as:
- to make solemn declaration or affirmation of such as "to protest my innocence"
- to execute or have executed a formal protest against (as a bill or note)
- to make a statement or gesture in objection to
And with that definition, I believe that we DO have the right to protest, but with that right comes EXTREME responsibility.
And what we have seen time and time again are people standing on their perceived soapbox of PROTEST, yet doing something so much more extreme. And although I CANNOT understand or support a country that prohibits free speech, I can almost see why they justify not allowing it in their lands...... because somewhere in mankind's messed up mind, free speech turns to protest turns to this:
Children walking down the streets of their neighborhoods in Watts, in Cincinnati, in Los Angeles, and now in London.... seeing what their "neighbors" have done to their community...
They hear words like protest and police and riot and looting all in the same sentence and images are imprinted on their young, impressionable minds. The burning buildings bother me; the litter and trash bother me; the fights between police and civilian bother me; however what these young eyes are seeing each MORNING AFTER bothers me the most.