Today, there are reports of anywhere between 10 and +23 Sudanese migrants protesting the U.N. refugee agency’s refusal to consider them for refugee status. There are varying accounts from the NY Times, CNN, and Al-Jazeera (never just look to one source for answers) but it has been universally recongized that a number of those killed were young children (as young as four), elderly people, and women. Additionally, the NY Times has particularly gripping pictures including one of a small child being ARRESTED along with his father as their peaceful protest is violently broken up.
Some people will say that this massacre is justified since there were repeated attempts by police to have the people disperse that were not heeded. Aren’t the repeated requests of the protesters the same thing? If the supposedly upright police resorted to violence after repeated requests for change went unheeded, what are protestors supposed to do when similar requests go unheeded? A basic thing here that people must realize is that protesting unjust laws or policies often brings about breaking these unjust laws and/or policies. The recent transit strike in New York City highlights another drastic suppression of protest by powerful government officials. Fines as high as $25,000 a day were pursued by the city’s legal representatives PER TRANSIT WORKER. People’s human right to protest is being taken from them at highly exorbitant financial and mortal costs.