Paint as Protest

Paint can be used as a form of non- violent protest by individuals, organizations and institutions. The use of paint as a form of non violent protest has been in use over the last few decades and has proven to be a very efficient form of protest.

Whether organizations are protesting about wages, climate change, social injustices against the society or even animal cruelty, paint has been used extensively to bring about the required change. The use of violence today is not encouraged since it causes unrest in the society and only ends up in imprisonment or loss of lives.

Paint can be used in the form of banners, publications and also painting on walls and other places where the painting will have a positive effect towards the protest. Organizations and institutions may feel ignored by the various people in authority and the use of publications will go a long way in making their demands heard. The government may also turn a blind eye towards injustices which they feel favor their political ambitions and it is up to the people to protest against these injustices if any action against these injustices is going to take place.

Painting on walls is a simple task but its effects are highly noticeable. The people carrying out the injustices will definitely notice the paintings and will have to react. It is however important to note that it is against the law to paint on certain public buildings and one has to be careful where they are putting up their paintings and banners.

Over the past decades many forms of paintings have been used to protest against various injustices that are no longer tolerable. The use of paint in the East German Uprising for example was a case where paint was used as a protest method by some nightshift workers at the Strausland shipyard. The workers covered the name of a new lugger, Walter Ulbricht, with black paint and this led to the cancellation of a launch ceremony scheduled for the following day to launch the boat for the herring fleet. Earlier on in Eisenbach, East Germany also in 1962 an individual altered a public picture of Walter Ubricht when they painted a rope around his neck.

Another paint protest is the famous Guernica painting by Pablo Picasso. He made the painting to protest against the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian warplanes during the Spanish civil war. The painting is nowadays used as a reminder of the tragedies of war and it is an embodiment of peace.

Continue reading the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action.

Also check out The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part One / Part Two / Part Three.

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