The most extreme protests against anything
Since governments and social structures emerged, people have found various reasons and ways to protest against them. Protests can be peaceful or violent, but regardless of the type, the goal is the same - people want to express their opinion in this way if they consider that they are not heard. And sometimes, when people are faced with extreme circumstances, they feel that the usual methods are no longer enough, the world will not change, and you have to resort to drastic measures.
1. Tibetans set fire to themselves
China, to be honest, oppressed the Tibetan people and made the life of the indigenous Tibetans much worse. As technology developed, weapons of mass destruction became increasingly terrible, and now people are often afraid to oppose tyrants - they know that you can go to jail for open protest, and even worse things will happen.
It was these circumstances that forced many Tibetans to go to extreme measures: they set themselves on fire in front of numerous witnesses and burned to death to protest.
Unfortunately, people do not always quickly die from such an act and sometimes experience terrible torment for several more days. These protesters did not want the history of their people to be just one more summary in the evening news - they wanted peace and prosperity for their people and knew no other way to be heard.
2. Russian artist nailed his scrotum to the ground on Red Square
Last year, on Police Day, the performance artist Peter Pavlensky went to Red Square with the firm intention to protest, which he hoped would serve as a metaphor for "apathy, apoliticality and fatalism of modern Russian society." Although it sounds like a worthy cause, Pavlensky’s methods were strange: at first he stripped naked right on the square, then sat down and nailed his scrotum to the ground.
Of course, he was arrested. However, this is not the first time this crazy man has been taken to extreme measures: he also protested against the repressions of the Russian government against the citizens of the country, wrapping his naked body with barbed wire.
3. Australian refugees sewed their lips
Refugees in Australia are often detained in camps and are considered criminals.Protests in these detention centers are not uncommon, as the conditions there are often unbearable: people are separated from their families, and legal refugees need an eternity to work out visas.
Although some of the protests were quite typical — hunger strikes, suicides, and self-harm — there is an unusual practice: surprisingly, many refugees in the camps sew up their lips.
In 2002, 58 protesting refugees in the detention center did this. In 2010, during the protest on Christmas Island, ten more refugees sewn their lips, and in 2013 there were reports of another protest on Christmas Island, with even more people holding a needle and thread to their lips.
4. Indian farmers stood in water for two weeks
A group of Indian residents were unhappy with the government - in the place where they were born and raised, they soon had to open a dam, as a result of which their village would sink and their houses and crops would disappear forever under water. The government argues that this is necessary because the water rises too high above the dam, so you have to open it, nothing can be done.
Although the arguments of the government have a rational basis, in accordance with the law, it is obliged to find new homes for those who are bound to suffer from their actions. But no one was going to do anything like that.
In protest against the government’s refusal to fulfill its obligations after all the villagers had been destroyed, many of them decided to spend several weeks standing up to their chests in the water. Of course, the symbolism of protest is understandable, but the danger of their protest was not symbolic at all. Protesters complained about the rain, which made their suffering even harder, and the bites of the creatures living in the water.
5. Thai people spilled blood onto the government building.
Blood has long been symbolic, and sometimes protesters use the blood of animals to express their indignation. However, protesters in Thailand a couple of years ago wanted to note that the current government is illegitimate, and took more decisive actions - they realized that the blood would express their position much more clearly if it was human.
The protesters set up tents exclusively for collecting donor blood, it was necessary to collect enough of them in order to throw it out at various government sites.Some organizations, such as the Red Cross, were skeptical of this idea, because donor blood could become more useful if the patients in need received it. But the protesters believed that this was the best way to express their opinions.
6. The artist hung herself on fishing hooks.
The popularity of shark fin soup led to fishing practice known as shark fin - the fishermen cut only the fin from the caught shark, and the carcass was thrown back into the ocean.
Artist Alice Newsted was afraid that this practice would lead to the extinction of sharks, so she decided to protest in the most horrible way that you can imagine: she painted her body so as to look like a shark, and then hung her body on two shoulders large fishing hooks.
Supposedly, that the hooks simply did not tear the flesh from her body, she needed support for her legs, but the artist hung in the air for 15 minutes, while blood flowed from her wounds. And, honestly, we are not sure whether this person deserves admiration for devotion to his convictions or a private room in a clinic for the mentally ill.
7A man bulldozed his own house
In 1978, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, some citizens took up arms because property taxes almost doubled. Currently, the majority of protesters may protest at the mayor's office or start some kind of public interest campaign, but at that time one car dealer decided that the only way to be heard was to do something completely insane.
Initially, he wanted to gather a crowd and burn his house in front of everyone. It seemed that the government would understand the hint - it is impossible to tax a house that is not there. Only now the firefighters decided that his idea was not safe for others, and forbade him to set fire to the house. But our hero did not lose his head and razed his house to the ground with the help of a bulldozer.
8. The British student moved the nut to 11 km - nose
Debt on student loans can bring to the hands of anyone, and, like many people, Mark McGowan from the UK was fed up with it all. Most people in such a situation would have a rally or would have done something propaganda-hooliganism, but Mark had another idea.
He decided that the best way to protest against the burden of student debt was to spend almost two weeks on his stomach, pushing a small nut in front of him. So he crawled 11.2 km, until he reached the residence of the current Prime Minister.
Of course, the great nut trip did not become his only adventure. Most recently, he drew public attention in protest against government policies regarding road traffic — he moved the bus 30 meters away using only his finger. For a long time, probably pushed.
9. Japanese boy rushed under the train
In Japan, as you know, quite a high suicide rate, especially among young people. Great attention is paid to success, the pressure on children is enormous, and the school is considered a very important place in their lives.
Children really love their schools, so it’s not surprising that many students were upset to learn that their school was closing soon - or rather, it merged with another school. The 11-year-old boy was completely crushed by the news and felt that the consequences for himself and his classmates would be so bad that he simply had to do something to stop it.
Feeling that somehow he could not be heard in another way, the boy rushed under the wheels of the train. He left a note with the words: "Please stop the school unification in exchange for the death of an innocent person." He also allegedly sent sms to his mother before committing suicide, in which he wrote about how much he loved her.
10. The man cut off his penis.
Imagine that you have found the girl of your dreams - a wonderful person who can make you happy. You know that you two are made for each other, and all your dreams will surely come true. Unless, of course, you live in one of the countries where marriages are still made by agreement. In Egypt, for example, marriages are at the discretion of parents and are often based on social status.
One rather rich young Egyptian fell in love with a girl from a lower class and decided that he wanted to spend his life with her. He tried to convince his father to allow him to be with the love of his life, but his father told him to marry someone with the same social status as his own. Mad with grief and determined not to allow society to force him to do what he doesn’t want to do, the young man chopped off his penis.The doctors could not sew it back.