Following in the footsteps of China, there has been a surge of authoritarian leaders trying to weaken and undermine democracy, Trump in the USA, Bolsonaro in Brazil and so forth. Democracy is much more fragile than most people imagine and must be won back by legitimate protest. By subverting the rule of law and democracy basic human rights are being flagrantly violated at an alarming rate by governments across the. The right to peaceful protest can and should never be taken away from the people, yet through disinformation campaigns and infiltration peaceful protests have often turned violent and devolved into riots, so as to de-legitimize their purpose. This is what is happening today in many parts of the world and needs to be addressed urgently.

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