Game Changers: 10 Historic Political Protests Worldwide

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  • Power in Numbers
  • Gandhi's Salt March (India)
  • South Africa's National Day of Protest (South Africa)
  • 1956 March of Women (South Africa)
  • Soweto Uprising (South Africa)
  • Tiananmen Square Protests (China)
  • Berlin Wall Protests (Germany)
  • Iraq War Protests (Worldwide)
  • The Orange Revolution (Ukraine)
  • The Storming of the Bastille (France)
  • Arab Spring (Middle East & North Africa)
  • The Peace Moratorium (U.S.)
  • French Trucker Roadblocks (France)
  • The Occupy Movement (Worldwide)

South Africa's National Day of Protest (South Africa)

In 1950, the South African political party, African National Congress (ANC) organized this nationwide workers strike, also known as the Stay-At-Home demonstration, to protest the country’s apartheid regime. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans participated on June 26 in defiance of a new bill effectively giving the government free range when investigating political parties, spawning a tactic that was used throughout the decade.

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