What Is the Difference Between a Peaceful Protest and a Riot? What Is the Purpose of a Riot?

July 12, 2023

By Caroline Chang, American Media Periscope


Everyone reading this article on AMP Journal, I am sure is already aware that what happened in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, was a peaceful protest to the stolen 2020 Presidential election.

There were close to two million people in DC that day. I would have been there if I had not just returned from speaking at an UnMask Rally in Huntington Beach, CA. I would have been there and I am not political at all. I did not even vote in the 2020 Election. Nevertheless, I knew that Donald Trump won that election by a landslide.

January 6th

I am very proud I did not vote in 2020 because I am glad I did not take part in that shame of an election. The millions of people in Washington DC that day were like me. They were standing up for Truth and Justice, no matter who they voted for. A blind man could see that the election had been rigged.

What happened at the Capitol Building that day, with a handful of people, was staged and instigated by the FBI and Capitol Police. There is overwhelming evidence of this fact. What took place in DC that day was a Peaceful Protest against the 2020 Presidential Election being stolen.

Remember there were millions of people in Washington DC on January 6th to peacefully protest the election. And no one was in DC just a few days later for Biden’s Inauguration. Wonder why?

The Riots in France

France has been rocked by a wave of riots after a 17-year-old Algerian youth was shot and killed by police near Paris. Sparking a ban on demonstrations, and travel warnings, which reignited a debate on over-policing in marginalized communities.

Scenes emerged of people setting fires to vehicles and climbing onto buildings with smashed windows, while riot police officers fiercely clashed with demonstrators. The unrest prompted a crisis response from French President Emmanuel Macron, who held an emergency meeting with ministers as he attempted to bridge divisions and unite the country in his second term.

A police officer shot dead the teenager, Nahel, during a traffic stop in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Footage of the incident captured by a passer-by showed two officers standing on the driver’s side of the car, one of whom discharged his gun at the driver despite not appearing to face any immediate threat.

The officer said he fired his gun because he was afraid the boy would run someone over with the car. Prosecutor Pascal Prache said that it is believed the officer acted illegally in using his weapon. He is currently facing a formal investigation for voluntary homicide and has been placed in detention.

Damage from the Riots in France

Damage from the riots sparked by the police killing of a teenager in France has resulted in a $715 million insurance bill. The shooting of 17-year-old Nahel has rekindled long-standing accusations of systemic racism in France.

France saw 3 nights of unrest, spread to major cities, as President Macron fought to contain a mounting crisis triggered by the deadly police shooting of the teenager. As forty thousand police officers were deployed across France. Nearly four times the numbers mobilized on the 2nd day. However, there were few signs that government appeals to de-escalate the violence would quell the widespread anger.

In central Paris, a Nike shoe store was broken into, and 14 people were arrested and 16 more were arrested with stolen objects after store windows were smashed along the rue de Rivoli shopping center. Videos on social media showed numerous fires across the country, including at a bus depot in a suburb north of Paris and a tram in the eastern city of Lyon.

What is The Purpose of Riots?

My questions are how does looting a Nike store help to stop police brutality? Burning cars and buildings, how does that stop police brutality? How does any of this bring justice to Nahel’s family and justice for the death of an incident child?

How does destroying property, looting stores, and destroying entire neighborhoods, put an end to police injustice? How does anger that leads to violence solve anything?

We all know the answers to those questions. Yet, these incidents keep repeating over and over again all over the world. These riots are giving the Globalist Elites exactly what they want. They want us to destroy ourselves, they do not have to do it when we are doing it to ourselves.

The Globalists want us to fight each other, they have used “divide and conquer” to control the masses for eons. And the masses keep falling for their deception and allowing it to happen.

Gorge Floyd’s Death in Police Custody

In May 2020, Gorge Floyd’s death in police custody, after a video of him having a cop’s knee on his neck and saying, “I can’t breathe.” went viral. Sparking protests and riots that began hours after his murder. Protests and riots quickly spread nationwide and to over 2,000 cities and over 60 countries in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Polls in the summer of 2020 estimated that between 15 million and 26 million people had participated at some point in a Gorge Floyd demonstration in the United States, making the protests the largest in U.S. history.

Several demonstrations in some cities escalated into riots, looting, fires, and skirmishes with police. Even though this was in the midst of the Covid pandemic, it was socially acceptable for people to gather for a protest against police brutality, however, families were not allowed to gather to celebrate a birthday, Thanksgiving, or the Christmas holidays that year.

By the end of June 2020, at least 14,000 people had been arrested, and more than 19 people had died in relation to the unrest in just one month. However, rioting in the U.S. after Floyd’s death is just the latest incident of racially charged mayhem to mark the United States since the mid-1960s.

A Timeline of US Riots Since 1965

In Los Angeles, California in 1965 when Marquette Frye and his half-brother were stopped by police and taken in for questioning. Supposably an identity check by police sparked the Watts Riots which left 34 people dead and tens of millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Several thousand blacks surround the police station, and after a week of arson and looting, the Watts neighborhood is all but destroyed.

In Newark, New Jersey in 1967, where I was born. I was only 5 years old at the time. Two police officers arrested and beat up a black taxi driver for a minor traffic violation, setting off rioting throughout the city. For five days, in stifling summer heat, rioters wreck the district, leaving 26 people dead and 1,500 injured.

In Detroit, Michigan in 1967, race riots killed 43 people and left more than 2,000 injured. Then riots spread to Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Maryland.

After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, violence erupted in 125 cities leaving at least 46 people dead and 2,600 injured. In Washington DC, then-President Lyndon Johnson sent out the 82nd Airborne Division to quell riots.

In Miami, Florida in 1980 the acquittal of four police officers in Tampa, Florida, on charges of beating a black motorcyclist to death in December 1979 after he rode through a red light set off a wave of violence in Miami’s Liberty City, leaving 18 people dead and more than 300 injured.

In Los Angeles in 1992 riots erupted, with a toll of at least 59 people dead and more than 2,300 injured. The violence was set off by the acquittal of four white police officers who were filmed beating up a black motorist, Rodney King. Violent riots also break out in Atlanta, California, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose.

In Cincinnati, Ohio in 2001 rioting erupted after the killing of a 19-year-old young man, Timothy Thomas, by a police officer. The city’s worst rioting in more than 30 years, during which 70 people were injured.

In Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 ten days of protests and riots against heavy-handed police tactics, after a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. In late November, the announcement that charges are being dropped against the police officer led to a new explosion of anger.

In Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week after suffering serious spinal injuries in a police van after being arrested.The arrest is captured on video and broadcast, leading to rioting, and looting in the city of 620,000 inhabitants, of which nearly two-thirds are black. A state of emergency was declared, and the authorities called in troops.

In Charlotte, North Carolinain 2016 violent riots broke out over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Police say the shooting happened when they saw him hold up a gun as they approached his vehicle after seeing him rolling a marijuana joint. His family says he was unarmed. The authorities imposed a curfew and call-in troops.

After decades of rioting all over this country, the questions I posed above still remain. How does this violence get us anywhere? How does this violence stop police brutality and injustice?

The Difference Between a Peaceful Protest and a Riot?

I am sure you are saying this is a rhetorical question because the answer is right in the question. Peaceful protests and peaceful defiance can get us the progress we want to see and will bring about real change and real solutions to humanity. I believe that peaceful defiance is an important key factor. The more people wake up to Truth, the more people will stop complying with lies and stop giving over their freedom to the government and Globalists.

In a peaceful protest, there is no property damage or destroyed neighborhoods. There is no violence, looting, or fires, and nobody gets hurt. There are just people coming together for a common cause in peace, unity, harmony, and love.

I actually have a relative that believes a peaceful protest is the same as what she calls an “uprising”. She does not like using the term riot. Nevertheless, she believes these two events are the same. I know that anyone who is awake to truth and using rational critical thinking skills would never think this way.

I am sure many people who may have gotten caught up in the emotion and have taken part in riots regret their actions afterward. When they take a look at all the destruction, all the devastation done to their own neighborhoods. Then they ask themselves what was the point of all of this devastation? What was the point of all the violence? It did not solve anything, it only made things worse.

Author Bio:

Caroline Chang is a producer and podcast host of Awake 2 Oneness Radio for 8 years. She is also the founder of the KYLE Foundation (“Keep Your Light Expanding”), named after her son who is in spirit, and co-founder of Universal Oneness Alliance. Caroline has been on the frontline of the Truth and Freedom movement since March 2020, as well as a speaker, author, and mentor to many who are dealing with difficult life situations.

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