Protest Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Protest, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Protest?

Refers to the formal declaration in writing or vocal, expressing the strong objection or disapproval on certain acts, issues or thing. It can be a protest against increasing or imposing certain tax, for someones right, against sending troops overseas etc.

History and Meaning of Protest

The idea of protest can be traced back to the ancient Greek and Roman times, where people used to gather and voice against the ruling authorities or societal norms. The term "protest" came into use during the Reformation period in the 16th century, when a group of German princes protested against the Catholic Church's practices. Since then, the term has been used in various contexts and situations to express disapproval, objection or opposition to actions or policies of certain individuals, organizations or governments.

In a democratic society, the right to protest is considered a fundamental human right, and it is protected by national and international laws. It provides citizens with the power of collective action to hold governments or other entities accountable and bring about change.

Examples of Protest

  1. Thousands of people held a protest march against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd. The protests were held in several cities across the US and many other countries.

  2. Workers at a factory staged a protest demanding better wages and improved working conditions.

  3. Environmental activists organized a protest against the construction of a new oil pipeline that would pass through a protected natural area.

  4. Parents held a protest outside a school, demanding better security measures after a school shooting incident.

Legal Terms Similar to Protest

  1. Civil Disobedience - Refers to the act of breaking the law to express dissent or object to certain policies or actions.

  2. Petition - A written or vocal request which is made to a person or an organization in authority, asking them to take a certain action or change a policy.

  3. Strike - A work stoppage by a group of workers to press for better working conditions, wages or benefits.