Recent years have seen a large increase in public protesting in the UK as a result of a global trend of protesting cannabis prohibition. People want to come together to raise awareness and, most importantly, make their voices heard. Some believe that public protests can be counterproductive and bring a bad reputation to the activists who take part. I think that these critics are wrong and in this article I’m going to explain exactly why public protests are an essential part of the campaign to end cannabis prohibition, as well as the role that protests have played throughout human history as a means of making change.
I believe that public protests are an essential means of raising awareness and getting the word out to other people that want to see a similar change. Throughout history people have taken to the streets to show their disgust at the status quo from the riots of ancient Rome, the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, through to the more recent Suffragette movement at the turn of the 20th century, the Civil Rights movement in the middle and Gay Rights towards the end of the century – Human history is littered with examples of the fundamental point that protesting has a big impact and raises awareness of the issue at hand.
Taking to the streets is an essential part of many successful campaigns. Although times may have changed we still live in a world where many peoples’ opinions are ignored, sometimes the only way to be heard is to take to the streets. But by doing so we are not just protesting against the unjust laws which criminalise us, but we’re also standing together in solidarity. There is much power in finding people who think and feel the same way as you do about an issue which you are passionate about. Especially as prohibition discriminates wrongly against those of us who choose to use cannabis it creates a bond of understanding between those people.
By Clark French
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