Game Changers: 10 Historic Political Protests Worldwide

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  • 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)
  • Power in Numbers

1956 March of Women (South Africa)

On Aug. 9, 1956, more than 50,000 women marched in Pretoria, South Africa, to dispute proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950 which limited Black South Africans’ right of movement. After leaving several petitions comprised of over 100,000 signatures at the prime minister’s office door, the women waited silently for 30 minutes before singing protest songs. These efforts held off the law’s passing until the early 1960s.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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