We are in protest! That is the message that student protesters dresses as zombies were trying to deliver when videos of anti-government movement were aired on Twitter. In fact, owners of such evident protests increased their Twitter followers ten-folds as people poured their sympathies on the genuine quest for change. This advocacy would have been impossible to be made known were it not for social media that gave them the leverage to fight.
However, we have to question. Are the cries of protest from these people being heard? Or were they still ignored like puppies lost in the streets? Literally, these people fighting for social cause are on the streets carrying banners and placards. With social media backing them up, it is to be hoped that they will see a progress in achieving their goal.
Few years back, street protesters were brushed off as mere nuisance by the government and the corporate world. But with the aid of people having knowledge of their plight through the wide reach of social media, these apathetic groups of people are now threatened. Perhaps Tumblr and Twitter followers even Face book fans have the power to help these people even when they are from different parts of the world.
Listed below are the following ways people, excluding Twitter followers, are protesting against some influential factions that are perceived to be oppressing or abusing the people.
1. Running Naked on the Streets
As bizarre as this tactic may seem, it does have its own merit in proving a point and getting the higher ups to pay attention. In fact, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is well known of this type of protest! Twitter followers had a fiesta with all the photos that came up, for sure!
2. Hunger Strike
It is also categorized as a silent protest. Mahatma Gandhi made history with the hunger strike he performed while he was imprisoned. He wanted the British Government to be embarrassed by his death, if he should die of hunger in prison. There are some instances where people go into hunger strike just to let those people know that they are willing to sacrifice for the cause and that they seriously mean it.
Prohibits oneself of using or buying or getting connected to a place or an item, it means total abstinence from all the abovementioned categories. West Bank products by settlers were boycotted in totality. This brought havoc to the Israeli people and the West Bank settlers! This one is the type where Twitter followers can actually help. They can boycott particular products concerned.
4. Noise Barrage
Creating as much noise as possible, trying to wake up the corporate world from a long time of slumber and apathy. This type of protest were being conducted with honking of cars horns, metallic objects banging. As have the Drivers and Operators in the Philippines of transport groups performed, to get the attention of the government because of oil price hikes.
Often applicable for individuals to be petitioned to step down from power or a certain concern or ideal that wants to be heard or acknowledged. The Global Warming Protest that was initiated by Al Gore, to take action of crisis before it’s too late.
There are a lot more kinds of protest to date that are worth mentioning, but let us settle on this for now. So in case you have a unique way of getting your grievances heard, as Twitter followers would like to hear them as well, feel free to give it a run!