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Is Popular Protest Productive?
Popular protest is a productive tool in a democracy.
Popular protest and civil disobedience have historically been agents of political change.
Popular protest gives voice and visibility to groups who would otherwise go unheard.
Popular protest reveals popular support both for and against issues.
Protests are a mechanism through which citizens can hold their political representatives to account.
Protests and civil disobedience can galvanise supporters of that movement.
Few pieces of legislation can cite a popular protest as its primary source.
In exercising their own free speech, popular protesters can infringe upon the free speech of others.
There are more effective means of change available to the public, such as the right to petition.
The conduct of popular protesters often compromises their message.
If many people are supporting a protest, then others of less extreme views may join the protest. This is referred to as the bandwagon effect or conformity.
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