Game Changers: 10 Historic Political Protests Worldwide

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  • 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)
  • 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)

The Storming of the Bastille (France)

On July 14, 1789, an angry mob rebelled against the absolute monarchy by capturing the Bastille, a famous prison that symbolized royal authority, during the French Revolution. Although only a handful of prisoners were inside at the time, this momentous event kicked off a decade long revolt.

(Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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