Sunday, March 16, 2014

Anti-protest Laws: Friend or Foe?

Protests are expressions of objection and frustration to particular events, situations or policies. Beginning with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in December 2010, the world has since witnessed protests and rallies all over the world in the name of freedom, democracy and equality. 

Recently, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in Australia to protest a wide range of Abbott Government policies. One policy in particular, Victoria’s move-on laws, bans demonstrators from protesting in certain public areas. According to the government, this new law could prevent anti-abortion protests from gathering outside abortion clinics. Protestors, on the other hand, suspect the law could be misinterpreted to prevent protesting of other contentious issues such as industrial disputes and anti-East West Link demonstrators.


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