Artists in Kashmir have started walking cabbages (and other vegetables) on a leash, as a way to protest the ongoing military conflict over the region. One artist explains: “What I wanted to do basically is juxtapose the absurdity of this performance with what was happening around—the structures of violence that I was seeing around me.”
In 1990 disabled activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the steps of the Capitol, inconveniencing Senators to encourage a vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For decades, the mayor of Hiroshima writes a letter of protest every time a nuclear test is conducted, as a plea to end the use of nuclear weapons.
In 1943 hundreds of Aryan women gathered in Berlin to protest the mass arrest and consequent imprisonment of their Jewish husbands by the Gestapo. Following a week of protesting, night and day, they won their husbands’ freedom.
In 1979, several hundred people across Sweden called in sick from work for “being gay” to protest against the fact that homosexuality was treated as a medical disorder.
A man participating in a protest ride against mandatory helmet laws crashed his motorcycle and died because he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
“Bonus Army” was a group of great war veterans who led a protest in Washington D.C. The police and army killed two and injured over 1,000.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Feb. 15, 2003, protest in Rome against the Iraq war as the largest ever with 3 MILLION people.