The Dark Side of a Protest

The recent St Andrean protest might have missed the mark.

When it was announced that, in his attempt to fight terrorism, Trump had banned people from seven Muslim countries from entering the USA for 90 days, there was, quite rightly, outrage across the globe. These countries were taken from a list of “terror-prone” countries drawn up during and before the Obama administration. The UN declared it illegal, and so began marches across nations, all protesting against this act which contradicts human rights.

Or so I thought.

Before the St Andrews march, I knew that this kind of thing had happened before; Sixteen countries including Syria, Pakistan and Kuwait, will not admit anyone with an Israeli passport, and Obama banned Iraqis for six months in 2011. Considering the lack of press attention and reaction at the last President’s ban, it is in some ways faith-restoring that people have paid attention to this one.

As we walked to the gathering outside the Union I was filled with a sort of pride – I was proud of my friends for the epic placards they had made, and proud that people from across the world were doing the same thing as us, as if the globe was uniting for a moment.

However, after a few minutes a communist flag was raised above the crowds. Sure, it was an event organised by the Socialist Society, (and perhaps it is worth mentioning here that I personally do not affiliate myself with any particular political party) but that shouldn’t have mattered, because the point we were protesting against was supra-political. It was a matter of human rights.

So I laughed. Then a friend pointed out to me the irony of the Bible quotes on some of the posters being held up against the red flag – anyone who has studied the USSR will know religion’s role (or lack of) in communism. But again, wasn’t this just an example of different people coming together to fight for the same cause?

As the march started, the chants began with “build bridges not walls” (which although anti-Trump, is technically not anti-ban), and “Trump is bad” – all sensible, founded claims. But then people started shouting “F*ck Theresa May” and I thought, Since when was this a political march against the British conservative government?

In all honesty, I have to say that I was actually disappointed that political wrangling got entangled in something which it shouldn’t do. Yes, it is easy to criticise the British Prime minister’s response… but surely that was not why we were there? I know I wasn’t. I was there in the hope that our march, in combination with opposition across the globe, could do something to correct this wrong.

Although politics is undoubtedly involved in matters like these (after all it was enacted by a so-called “politician”) can we please remember that you don’t have to be a liberal to disagree with Trump’s ban? It would be wrong to claim the fight against this act as the fight of the left – it’s really not. Just because someone isn’t a liberal, it doesn’t mean they can recognise when something morally wrong is happening. 

Events like these are crucial in making change, and it’s important for us students to get our voices heard. After all, it is our future that those currently in power are impacting. But, to actually bring about change we shouldn’t confuse issues – this should have been a march about a violation of human rights, not about domestic party politics. Fighting for human rights should not be claimed as a socialist moment, alienating those non-liberals who still want to fight for what is right.

Well done to the Socialist Society for organising the event – it needed to be done. But to those who confuse the left vs. right political war with the fight for human rights; to make a movement effective it needs unity and a common goal. Without that, we lack effective resistance to Trump, damaging our cause. Is it really not possible to take domestic politics out of the matter for once, so that everyone, no matter what their political beliefs, can join together without feeling alienated?

Comments

comments

137 thoughts on “The Dark Side of a Protest

  1. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest
    authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would love
    to have you share some stories/information. I know
    my viewers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel
    free to shoot me an email.

  2. I carry on listening to the newscast speak about receiving free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i get some?

  3. Great blog here! Also your web site loads up very fast!

    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?

    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  4. You really make it appear really easy along with
    your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually
    one thing which I feel I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for
    me. I’m having a look ahead for your next put up, I’ll attempt to get
    the cling of it!

  5. Let me first begin with introducing no one. My name is Sanford McElroy but i never really liked that name.
    Idaho may be the only place he’s been residing in but he needs to advance because of
    his relatives. It’s not a common thing but what I like doing is to garden developed a great I sufficient to embark on new everything.
    Booking holidays precisely what he does for a living.

  6. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  7. Thanks for another magnificent post. Where else could anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  8. I do accept as true with all the concepts you’ve offered in your post.
    They’re really convincing and will certainly
    work. Still, the posts are very quick for newbies.
    Could you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thanks for the post.

  9. Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Great job!

  10. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this information for my
    mission.

  11. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell
    to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had
    to tell someone!

  12. Your style is so unique compared to other people I’ve
    read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the
    opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this blog.

  13. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your web site in internet explorer, would check this?

    IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a good part of people will
    miss your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  14. Awesome blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little
    lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free
    platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices
    out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips?
    Many thanks!

  15. Just wish to say your article is as astounding.
    The clearness for your put up is just nice and i can think you are an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with coming near
    near post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please carry on the
    gratifying work.

  16. fantastic submit, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector do not notice this.
    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  17. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll definitely return.

  18. Thanks for the good writeup. It in reality was once a amusement account it.
    Glance complicated to more delivered agreeable from you!

    By the way, how could we keep in touch?

  19. Hi there friends, how is all, and what you desire to say regarding this paragraph, in my view
    its genuinely remarkable in favor of me.

  20. If you are going for most excellent contents like myself, only pay a quick visit this web site daily since it gives quality contents, thanks

  21. Awesome website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about in this
    article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice
    from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    Thanks!

  22. Ahaa, its nice conversation regarding this article here
    at this website, I have read all that, so now me also commenting here.

  23. My brother recommended I might like this web site.
    He was totally right. This post truly made my
    day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for
    this info! Thanks!

  24. You are so cool! I do not believe I’ve read through something like this before.

    So wonderful to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this topic.

    Really.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the web,
    someone with some originality!

  25. Onlayn bahis platformalar? varland?rmaq gordum a gudm?k icind? b?y?nm? dunyada, qurban verm?k istifad?cil?r? istirak rahatl?g? f?rqli evl?rind?n v? ya yoldan qumar oyunlar?n?n formalar?. Bu platformalar ad?t?n t?klif bir ensiklopedik s?ra Idman bahisl?ri, kazino oyunlar? v? daha cox da daxil olmaqla seciml?r. Uymaq Qumar?n oldugu Az?rbaycandak? istifad?cil?r pantion T?nziml?n?n, onlayn platformalar c?xarmaq bir prospekt kiritm?k olmaya bil?c?k f?aliyy?tl?rd? lutfkar ?lverisli tam m?is?t varl?q.

    Az?rbaycanda qumar oyunu birind? movcuddur haql? bozluq. Is? d?yisilm?d?n T?yin olunmus ?razil?rd? qumar oyunlar?n?n formalar? icaz? verilir, onlayn qumar kommutator qaydalar? il? uzl?sir. Bu hokum?t var q?bul olcul?ri blok D?niz bahis veb saytlar?na giris, ancaq muxt?lif Az?rbaycanl?lar h?tta qorxutmaq ucun ?ngin platformalar ?v?zin? mubadil? etm?k qumar ehtiyaclar?. Bu a yarad?r t?l?b olunan ucun Az?rbaycan bazar?na uygun onlayn bahis xidm?tl?ri.

    1WIN AZ?RBAYCAN https://1win-azerbaycan-oyuny.top/fantasy-sport/ A olsayd? s?lahiyy?t verm?k Onlayn bahis siyas?t Az?rbaycanl? istifad?cil?r? yem?k ist?rdimi m?qbul tender bir muxt?liflik Xususiyy?tl?r v? t?klifl?r dem?k olar ki, eynidir dig?rin? qlobal platformalar. Bunlar ola bil?r kataloqu Idman bahisin? moda Dunyadak? hadis?l?r, a tutma yuvalardan tutmus kazino oyunlar?ndan yuklu distribyutor t?crub? v? bonuslar v? promosyonlar aldatmaq v? saxlamaq must?ril?r?.

    Portativ Uygunluq olard? r?is t?msilcilik istifad?cil?r? yem?k secm?k ucun punt ustund? lavabondan hakim, il? ?hkam qurban verm?k mobil dostluq veb sayt v? ya xususi bir t?tbiq. Od?nis seciml?ri d? olard? diskrekt, uygun sax?l?ndirilmis ustunlukl?r v? t?min edir seyf ?m?liyyatlar. ?lav? olaraq, patron avanslasd?rmaq ?zm?k qozlasmaq bir pivotal movqe Unvanda operator sorgular v? t?min etm?k relyef N? laz?m olduqda.

    Onlayn bahis platformalar? olmaq rahatl?q v? yay?nma, Budur ?lam?tdar ucun istifad?cil?r s?zmaq qulluq v? punt geri m?suliyy?tl?. M?suliyy?tli kimi qumar t?dbirl?ri K?nara qoy M?hdudiyy?tl?r v? ozunu istisna seciml?ri, olmal?d?r movcud ucun kom?k etm?k istifad?cil?r etm?k onlar?n bahis f?aliyy?ti v? yanmaq potensial z?r?r verm?k. Yan?nda t?min etm?k a z?h?rli olmayan v? xos bahis ?razi, "1" kimi platformalarZal?m Az?rbaycan "ed? bil?rdi yem?k adland?rark?n az?rbaycanl? istifad?cil?rin ehtiyaclar?na muvafiq Qaydalar v? t?blig nufuzlu qumar t?crub?l?ri.

  26. Nice weblog right here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your associate link to your host? I desire my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  27. Thank you for some other informative site. Where else may I am getting that type of info written in such a perfect way?
    I’ve a project that I’m simply now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

  28. This piece of writing will assist the internet visitors for
    setting up new website or even a weblog from start to end.

  29. Quality posts is the key to attract the people to pay a visit the site,
    that’s what this web page is providing.

  30. This is the perfect site for everyone who wants to find out about this topic.
    You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I
    really will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new
    spin on a topic that has been discussed for many years.
    Great stuff, just wonderful!

  31. Wow, wonderful blog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The full glance of your web site is great,
    as smartly as the content material!

  32. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely helpful info specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot.
    I was seeking this certain information for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  33. Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a
    free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Many thanks!

  34. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  35. Excellent site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing
    like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  36. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put
    in writing this site. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content by
    you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired
    me to get my own website now 😉

  37. Hey There. I found your weblog the usage of msn. That is an extremely well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your
    useful information. Thank you for the post. I will certainly
    comeback.

  38. 현재 프라그마틱 게임은 iGaming에서 혁신적이고 표준화된 엔터테인먼트 콘텐츠를 제공하는 주요 제공 업체 중 하나입니다.
    프라그마틱 슬롯

    프라그마틱에 대한 글 읽는 것이 흥미로웠어요! 또한, 제 사이트에서도 프라그마틱과 관련된 정보를 제공하고 있어요. 함께 발전하며 지식을 나눠봐요!

    https://munirahkasim.com/link/
    https://www.12315th.cn/
    https://my-site-104812-108385.weebly.com/

  39. Hello there, I discovered your site by the use of
    Google while searching for a related topic, your site came up,
    it seems to be good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google
    bookmarks.
    Hi there, just was alert to your weblog thru Google, and located that it’s
    really informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate if you happen to continue this in future.

    Many folks will be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  40. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would
    really appreciate your content. Please let me know.
    Cheers

  41. Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?
    Appreciate it!

  42. magnificent publish, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector
    don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure,
    you have a huge readers’ base already!

  43. I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering problems with your
    website. It appears as though some of the written text in your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me
    know if this is happening to them as well?
    This could be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Thanks

  44. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as
    I provide credit and sources back to your blog?

    My blog is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a
    lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you.
    Thanks!

  45. This is the perfect blog for anybody who hopes to find out
    about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that has been written about for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just great!

  46. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good success. If you know of any please share.
    Thank you!

  47. Right here is the perfect site for everyone who wishes to find out
    about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue
    with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that has been written about for decades.
    Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

  48. I’ll immediately seize your rss as I can’t in finding your
    email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you
    have any? Kindly permit me recognise so that I may just subscribe.
    Thanks.

  49. My brother recommended I might like this web site.
    He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent
    for this info! Thanks!

  50. Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
    Appreciate it!

  51. I feel this is among the so much important info for me.
    And i am satisfied reading your article. But want to observation on some general issues, The
    web site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D.

    Good task, cheers

  52. You are so interesting! I do not believe I’ve truly read something like this
    before. So nice to find somebody with some unique thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web
    site is something that’s needed on the web, someone with some originality!

  53. Simply want to say your article is as surprising.
    The clearness in your post is just excellent and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject.

    Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to
    keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding
    work.

  54. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do
    with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The design and style look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon. Cheers

  55. We stumbled over here different website and thought I might check things
    out. I like what I see so now i’m following
    you. Look forward to finding out about your web page
    again.

  56. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped
    me out much. I hope to provide one thing again and
    aid others such as you aided me.

  57. Java Burn is the world’s first and only 100 safe and proprietary formula designed to boost the speed and efficiency of your metabolism by mixing with the natural ingredients in coffee.

  58. Nice blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What
    host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  59. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your website in internet explorer, would check this?

    IE still is the marketplace leader and a huge component to people will pass over your magnificent writing due to this problem.

  60. Hey! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve
    had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another
    platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good
    platform.

  61. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider
    worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also
    defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  62. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My website
    has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced
    but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement.
    Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped
    off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  63. hi!,I love your writing so a lot! percentage we be in contact
    extra about your article on AOL? I require an expert in this space to solve
    my problem. Maybe that is you! Looking forward to look you.

  64. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter
    to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  65. I’m gone to say to my little brother, that he should also go to see this webpage on regular basis to take
    updated from newest information.

  66. Hey there I am so excited I found your site,
    I really found you by accident, while I was looking on Askjeeve for something else, Anyways I am here
    now and would just like to say many thanks for a marvelous post and a all round interesting blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the
    minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  67. Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work
    due to no backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  68. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different
    web address and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE STAND