Originally broadcast on BBC World Service in 2010

For hundreds of years the protest march has been a means of voicing passionate concerns. Whether protesting at injustice, challenging inequalities, fighting for better conditions or showing solidarity for fellow workers – demonstrating has been a way of focusing public anger. While some mass demonstrations have ended in victory, others have led to retreat, defeat and sometimes tragedy. Defying the authorities can be a dangerous business.

In this two-part documentary, Michael Goldfarb examines the protest march as a force for change.

Produced by Richard Bannerman & Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd for BBC World Service



N.B. Some audio has been edited from the original broadcast version due to copyright restrictions


MIchael Goldfarb


Richard Bannerman/Neil Gardner


Richard Bannerman




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