The world is full of people who are full of opinions. When two or more groups of persons disagree, repercussions can be felt all over the world. This phenomenon occurs very often and conflicts can cause suspension of social and sport activities in protest. This is a very effective form of non-violent protest.
In 1936, athletes from 22 countries boycotted the Olympics held in Germany. This was in protest of Nazi fascism. So many citizens all over the world were sickened by Germany’s stance at that time, they performed this non-violent protest. This affected Germany greatly because of loss of tourism, a compromised Olympic Games and lack of support of their political ideals. If a nation will not attend the Olympics in a certain country, they also will not support them in war or policy. In 1976, when the Olympics were held in Canada, another non-violent protest by way of sports boycotts occurred. In South Africa, apartheid policy ruled the country at this time. This banned any sporting teams within the country. New Zealand had been touring South Africa and when the Olympic Committee refused to ban them from competition, many African nations withdrew. They felt it was a conflict of interests and decided to leave the games.
Many examples of suspension of activities exist in history. In the 1600’s, the United States were ruled by England. At one point, England was trying to overtax tea and other staple products of the colonists. Then, the colonists boycotted these items by not purchasing them. This is a suspension of social activities.
Suspension of social and sports activities is a form of protest that is still widespread today. Just last year, many Gay and Lesbian organizations spoke out against companies like Chik-Fil-A for their intolerance of homosexuality. These groups then protested the restaurant using media and print to get their boycott across. Sports activities are also suspended on local levels due to disagreements of officials or governments.
When a group protests in a way that affects social activities and sports, it has large repercussions. Even though this is a non-violent protest, the economy, the nation and the people ultimately suffer.
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