Student protests and movements began happening as early as the University of Paris strike in 1220 but became significant in the 1960’s when protests became violent and in some cases even deadly. Peaceful protest marches by students asking for lower tuition, democracy and access to public education are often met with police in riot gear holding tear gas and baton sticks. If beatings, blood and gore make you cringe you may want to prepare yourself for these student protests. With death counts in the hundreds to snipers on the roof tops fighting off the uncontrollable crowds, there was no chance for these protests to go well. Fully loaded tanks surrounding schools, officers storming dormitories when students are sleeping, and the kidnapping of the protestors are just a few examples of how crazy these protests can get. From the famous and horrible Tiananmen Square incident to the current protests in Hong Kong that are becoming more violent as the days pass; here are 10 student movements that quickly turned violent. In chronological order; prepare yourself for the most violent of demonstrations.
10 May 1968 Protests, France
9 Tlatelolco Massacre, Mexico, 1968
8 Athens Polytechnic Uprising in 1973
7 Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989
6 Trisakti Shootings, Indonesia 1998
5 Tehran 1999 Student Protest
4 Chilean Student Protests 2011
3 Quebec Student Protests 2012
2 Iguala Protest 2014, Mexico
1 Hong Kong 2014 Student Protests
What has been months of mainly peaceful protests by Hong Kong students fighting for democracy, erupted in violent clashes in December 2014 reports Time magazine. Tired of waiting in the streets for a turnaround from the government, protestors surrounded government offices and charged at police officers. The officers were ready with batons and pepper spray and over 40 people were hospitalized in one night. Protestors fought back throwing water bottles with anger, that hasn’t been seen before. Police have been arrested for alleged assault on both protestors and reporters during the course of these demonstrations. Bringing traffic to a halt and setting up demonstration lines is no longer working for these protestors and more violence is surely to come in Hong Kong in 2015.
Sources: cbc.ca, theguardian.com, reuters.com, nytimes.com
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