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post Mar 11 2018, 09:13 PM
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Not sure how many people know, but in Manchester there have been protests about the Turkish military offence taking place in Syria. They have stood on the train tracks at Piccadilly station and pretty much every train has been cancelled or delayed today (as far as I'm aware of) - https://news.sky.com/story/protest-on-track...tation-11286043

There has also of course recently been the lecturer protests about their pensions which has lead to many lectures being cancelled.

With all this said, what are your opinions of these type of protests - selfish or supporting a cause and raising awareness?! Discuss.
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post Mar 12 2018, 10:47 PM
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Supporting a cause as long as it is peaceful and there is no-one who has turned up to cause trouble.
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post Mar 12 2018, 11:39 PM
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people should have the right to protest but disrupting the train service by protesting on the tracks is taking it too far in my opinion.
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post Mar 12 2018, 11:42 PM
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The right to protest is a fundamental part of democracy. The real issue is one of scale. I'm sure most people now would agree that the issue of votes for women was important enough to justify protests that inconvenienced some people.

The issue of Turkish intervention in Syria has been largely ignored. Therefore, many people will feel that anything that draws attention to the issue is justified. Of course, a lot of the people whose journeys were affected by this action will disagree with the form of protest.
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post Mar 12 2018, 11:49 PM
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Yesterday, disrupting services wasn't a great idea.
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post Mar 13 2018, 08:15 AM
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I hope the protestors on Sunday are prosecuted as it's an offence to trespass on railway tracks. Delayed thousands of people, meaning lots missed flights and appointments. Protest outside the station peacefully by all means but don't go on tracks and stop trains running at such a busy station. Yes it was Sunday but it still inconvenienced many people.

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post Mar 13 2018, 08:23 AM
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What happened at West Ham on Saturday has been described by some as 'riots' when it was nothing of the kind... it was protests against the deeply unpopular board. I wouldn't condone actions such as throwing coins at the chairman or going on the pitch during the game but writing these people off as 'hooligans' fails to even begin understanding the causes of what happened.

Basically, the West Ham board cancelled a protest march planned for before Saturday's game on the grounds of health and safety while members of ICF (an infamous group of West Ham hooligans, prominent in the 70s/80s) are accused of threatening the ringleaders of the march. So, by shutting down this protest, the owners of the club buried their heads in the sand and made the crowd trouble inside the stadium on Saturday much more likely.

I think the fans have the right to protest. Our club has been changed forever because of the actions of the current owners and West Ham fans aren't traditionally a group willing to stand by and watch that happen - hence chants of 'We're not West Ham anymore' being directed at the board. The fact this has received more coverage than the Piccadilly protests and the Student strikes is symbiotic of society.
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