Homage at Burial Places

Paying homage at burial places is one of many ways to engage in nonviolent protest. Nonviolent protests, such as paying homage, have been known to achieve their ends for centuries. While many in this world prefer violence as a means to end, nonviolent activities and protests are a more positive method to achieving one’s goals.

Paying homage at burial places is an ideal way to honor those who have died as the result of a particular struggle, such as being oppressed. This method has been employed for hundreds of years and has, at times, helped to achieve great success in the struggle for human rights and an end to various wars. Here are just a few examples of movements that employed paying homage at burial places as a method.

The Lebanese Campaign for Democracy

In 2005 a car bomb rocked the city of Beirut, in Lebanon. The bomb killed 22 people, including the leader of the opposition party. The citizens were right in assuming Syria, which had occupied the city for three decades, was behind the attack. This was due to the fact that Syria feared losing their influence in the upcoming elections. But instead of allowing the bombing to break the public’s spirit, a public funeral was held in memory of the victims at Martyrs Square in downtown Beirut. 250,000 people attended, paying homage to the fallen leader. This was one of the first and most important steps in getting Syria to remove its troops from Lebanese soil.

The Overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos

As ruthless a dictator as any the world over, Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to when he fled the country in 1986. Marcos was legitimately elected president for two terms but declared marshal law and became dictator of the country when he was refused to be granted a third term. One of his main critics during this early period was a senator named Benigno Aquino. Marcos had Aquino arrested, but due to a medical condition was released and transferred to the United States for treatment.

After three years Aquino decided to return to his native land in order to overthrow the dictator. Marcos had him shot the second he stepped foot off the plane. This led to a series of nonviolent protests by the citizens of the Philippines that would result in Marcos fleeing the country. Aquinos mother put her son’s body on display, as it was the moment of his death, so the people could see what happened to him. Thousands of people paid tribute to Aquino, and this eventually led to the downfall of Ferdinand Marcos.

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