Each of the following questions and activities are designed to stimulate discussion and action in classrooms at both high school and university levels, and in your community.
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In Nigeria, Sani Abacha organized a two-million-man march to show support for his leadership. The opposition Campaign for Democracy (CD) then decided to hold a five-million-man march. While neither side produced that many people at the rallies, the event became a symbol for the CD forces that they could stand up to the military government.
In recent years, million-person marches have become a way of attracting attention to social issues.
How do participants feel about these types of gatherings?
Are rights for freedom of speech and assembly inextricably tied together or do they
What social issues today would make good use of a million-person march?