Most Effective Way of Fighting for Human Rights and Freedom

Topics: South Africa, Nelson Mandela, African National Congress Pages: 3 (844 words) Published: May 24, 2013
Peaceful protesting does little in the world of making change, so the best way to successfully fight for human rights and freedom is through violent means, but only specific violent means. The four forms of violence are sabotage, guerrilla warfare, terrorism and open revolution. Sabotage is the best way to proceed violently, because it causes no injury or loss of life, while the others result in murder and the opposite of peace between the two opposing sides. Lethal weapons make temporary power of the country, but non-lethal weapons make permanent change and peace in the end.

Peaceful protesting is not the answer when arguing for human rights. This is shown through the event of the Sharpeville massacre. On the 21st of March 1960, between 5000 and 7000 indigenous workers, including women and children, assembled at a local police station demanding to be arrested for not carrying their passbooks. The protestors were very peaceful and positive, they were not expecting the police to lash out, so they were almost in high spirits and enthusiastic. Instead, the police where intimidated by the large crowd and made a point to scare them off. At the start they only ordered jet aircrafts to intimidate the crowd from above, and then sent in armoured cars. In the end, the police open-fired on the crowd, killing sixty-nine people and wounding 180. In this picture (see last page) you can see the chaos at this event, and policemen beating the blacks, including women and children. After this event the South African government band the ANC. This is when the ANC decided that all their efforts for peaceful protesting were doing nothing to protect them, or helping them achieve human rights and freedom.

Lethal weapons and harmful violence were used by the National Party to enforce the Apartheid, and this did not work at keeping peace at all. Harmful violence caused many consequences such as all other countries forming a trade embargo against South Africa. Other countries...
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