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Saoirse go Deo
03-03-2012, 01:38 PM
The expulsion of Emmet from the college occurred in the month of February, 1798. On the 12th of the following month his brother, Thomas Addis Emmet, was arrested. The manner in which this noble-hearted gentleman took the oath of the United Irish Society, in the year of 1795, is so remarkable that we cannot omit mention of it here. His services as a lawyer having been engaged in the defence of some persons who stood charged with having sworn in members to the United Irish organization—the crime for which William Orr was subsequently tried and executed—he, in the course of the proceedings, took up the oath and read it with remarkable deliberation and solemnity. Then, taking into his hand the prayer book that lay on the table for the swearing of witnesses, and looking to the bench and around the court, he said aloud—
"My Lords—Here, in the presence of this legal court, this crowded auditory—in the presence of the Being that sees and witnesses, and directs this judicial tribunal—here, my lords, I, myself, in the presence of God, declare I take this oath.

I think the above action taken by Robert Emmets brother, Thomas Addis Emmet was a singularly impressive act of defiance against Britain and her laws.

Another example of a "Great Act of Defiance" is of course the "tank man":


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d8/Tianasquare.jpg

Can you think of any others? If so please share.

antiestablishmentarian
03-03-2012, 02:00 PM
Martin Luther nailing his Theses to the door of Wittenburg Cathedral, the Apprentice Boys of Derry shutting the city gates in 1690, Eddie Mabo's legal case in Australia which won recognition under the law of Aboriginal right to native title, the first man to burn his draught card in the US during the Vietnam War, the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, these were all examples of courageous defiance regardless of the motivations or results of their actions.

Another good example is the 1941 military parade in commemoration of the October Revolution in Moscow, where troops paraded through Red Square on their way to the front 60 miles away. The film of the parade, 'Victory at Moscow', won Best Foreign Film in the 1942 Oscars.

musashi
03-03-2012, 03:21 PM
It was said that he who could undo the Gordian knot would become king of all asia, unfortunately it was quite a complicated thing with both ends hidden, centuries passed without a soul undoing it.

Alexander the Great in his typically direct fashion solved it quick sharpish by cleaving the knot in twain with his sword. Since then solving the Gordian knot has become a byword for thinking outside the box (cheating). It was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of acts of defiance because it demonstrated Alexander's defiance of convention.

http://www.mediastorehouse.com/image/alexander_and_gordian_knot_4344767.jpg

Holly
03-03-2012, 11:45 PM
Franz Jägerstätter (1907--1943) represents the defiance of all those who refused to fight in wars as a matter of conscience. He was born near Braunau am Inn and drafted into the German Army in 1940 but he refused to fight. He did offer to serve as a medic but this was refused. Married with three young daughters, he was accused of Wehrkraftzersetzung (undermining of military morale) and after a military trial at the Reichskriegsgericht he was sentenced to death on July 6 and subsequently executed by guillotine at Brandenburg-Görden Prison on 9 August 1943, aged 36.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j480/rogerduke1/franz_jagerstatter.jpg

Justin Casey
04-03-2012, 12:21 PM
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/6587/augustlandmesser.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/543/augustlandmesser.jpg/)

Hamburg, in the 1930's. A crowd of people. A new built ship is leaving the harbor of Hamburg. The workers have lifted their arms and hands for the "Hitler-Gruss". But one is not doing so.

It is August Landmesser. In 1931 he had decided to become a member of the NSDAP. But since the beginning of 1935 the 25-years-old man planned to marry Irma Eckler who was three years younger.

In summer 1935, they both found out, that Irma, according to the "Nürnberger Gesetze" ("Neuremberg Laws"), was seen as a Jewess. Thus, Alfred as a non-Jew was not allowed to marry her.

August and Irma had two daughters. The daughters survived, their parents did not.

One of the daughters, Irene, has documented the story of the persecution of her family, which was never be allowed to live as a family, as a case study. She published her book in German and English language.

fasena.de (http://www.fasena.de/courage/)

A Family Torn Apart by "Rassenschande" (http://www.fasena.de/courage/english/index.htm)

By pure chance, one of August and Irma's daughters recognized her father in this photo when it was published in a German newspaper in 1991.

Justin Casey
04-03-2012, 12:25 PM
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/3677/fightthepower.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/571/fightthepower.jpg/)

C. Flower
04-03-2012, 04:15 PM
Egypt revolution - prayer under fire and water_x264_x264.mp4 - YouTube

The Egyptian Revolution - YouTube

Egypt Jan 2011

MauriceColgan
04-03-2012, 05:54 PM
Ireland's historic refusal to accept complete domination by it's exceedingly powerful neighbour.

The longest Alamo type battle in history?

5intheface
04-03-2012, 06:35 PM
http://clivelimpkin.com/wp-content/gallery/main_gallery/petrol_bomb_v_rubber_bullets_derry_uk_august_1969. jpg

Derry, August '69.

Griska
04-03-2012, 09:52 PM
http://moroccoworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Saudi-women-driving1-300x245.jpg?9d7bd4

Justin Casey
05-03-2012, 09:37 AM
Dorli Rainey: self-described as an "old lady in combat boots"

antiestablishmentarian
05-03-2012, 11:47 AM
http://newsgrist.typepad.com/comediesoffairuse/images/meiselas2.jpgA Sandinista rebel launches a Molotov cocktail during the final assault against forces of the US backed dictator, Somoza, in 1979

Saoirse go Deo
05-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Great thread, keep them coming :)


http://www.sounds-like-me.com/blogs/deathvalleygirl/files/2010/07/2bmshit.jpg
The H Blocks.

Does anyone know their names? I can't recall.

5intheface
05-03-2012, 07:17 PM
Great thread, keep them coming :)


http://www.sounds-like-me.com/blogs/deathvalleygirl/files/2010/07/2bmshit.jpg
The H Blocks.

Does anyone know their names? I can't recall.

Don't know the 2 in that pic but I remember them shouting 'Victory to the Blanketmen' and 'political status' in the clip.

To me, the other iconic image from the dirty protest was this one which just seemed darker;

http://www.lesenfantsterribles.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/blanketmen1.jpg

These 2 are Hugh Rooney and Freddie Toal.

C. Flower
05-03-2012, 08:44 PM
Palestinian Fishermen Resist Water Cannon Assault - YouTube

C. Flower
05-03-2012, 08:54 PM
Child vs Tank - YouTube

Sam Lord
05-03-2012, 09:24 PM
Castro's 1953 speech from the dock after the failed attack on the Moncada barracks.
(dedicated to a dodgy Galway businessman with lots of unsavory links to mass murderers in the US military :))





I believe I have sufficiently justified my point of view. I have called forth more reasons than the Honorable Prosecutor called forth to ask that I be condemned to 26 years in prison. All these reasons support men who struggle for the freedom and happiness of the people. None support those who oppress the people, revile them, and rob them heartlessly. Therefore I have been able to call forth many reasons and he could not adduce even one. How can Batista's presence in power be justified when he gained it against the will of the people and by violating the laws of the Republic through the use of treachery and force? How could anyone call legitimate a regime of blood, oppression and ignominy? How could anyone call revolutionary a regime which has gathered the most backward men, methods and ideas of public life around it? How can anyone consider legally valid the high treason of a Court whose duty was to defend the Constitution? With what right do the Courts send to prison citizens who have tried to redeem their country by giving their own blood, their own lives? All this is monstrous to the eyes of the nation and to the principles of true justice!

Still there is one argument more powerful than all the others. We are Cubans and to be Cuban implies a duty; not to fulfill that duty is a crime, is treason. We are proud of the history of our country; we learned it in school and have grown up hearing of freedom, justice and human rights. We were taught to venerate the glorious example of our heroes and martyrs. Céspedes, Agramonte, Maceo, Gómez and Martí were the first names engraved in our minds. We were taught that the Titan once said that liberty is not begged for but won with the blade of a machete. We were taught that for the guidance of Cuba's free citizens, the Apostle wrote in his book The Golden Age: 'The man who abides by unjust laws and permits any man to trample and mistreat the country in which he was born is not an honorable man ... In the world there must be a certain degree of honor just as there must be a certain amount of light. When there are many men without honor, there are always others who bear in themselves the honor of many men. These are the men who rebel with great force against those who steal the people's freedom, that is to say, against those who steal honor itself. In those men thousands more are contained, an entire people is contained, human dignity is contained ...' We were taught that the 10th of October and the 24th of February are glorious anniversaries of national rejoicing because they mark days on which Cubans rebelled against the yoke of infamous tyranny. We were taught to cherish and defend the beloved flag of the lone star, and to sing every afternoon the verses of our National Anthem: 'To live in chains is to live in disgrace and in opprobrium,' and 'to die for one's homeland is to live forever!' All this we learned and will never forget, even though today in our land there is murder and prison for the men who practice the ideas taught to them since the cradle. We were born in a free country that our parents bequeathed to us, and the Island will first sink into the sea before we consent to be the slaves of anyone.

It seemed that the Apostle would die during his Centennial. It seemed that his memory would be extinguished forever. So great was the affront! But he is alive; he has not died. His people are rebellious. His people are worthy. His people are faithful to his memory. There are Cubans who have fallen defending his doctrines. There are young men who in magnificent selflessness came to die beside his tomb, giving their blood and their lives so that he could keep on living in the heart of his nation. Cuba, what would have become of you had you let your Apostle die?

I come to the close of my defense plea but I will not end it as lawyers usually do, asking that the accused be freed. I cannot ask freedom for myself while my comrades are already suffering in the ignominious prison of the Isle of Pines. Send me there to join them and to share their fate. It is understandable that honest men should be dead or in prison in a Republic where the President is a criminal and a thief.

To you, Honorable Judges, my sincere gratitude for having allowed me to express myself free from contemptible restrictions. I hold no bitterness towards you, I recognize that in certain aspects you have been humane, and I know that the Chief Judge of this Court, a man of impeccable private life, cannot disguise his repugnance at the current state of affairs that compels him to dictate unjust decisions. Still, a more serious problem remains for the Court of Appeals: the indictments arising from the murders of seventy men, that is to say, the greatest massacre we have ever known. The guilty continue at liberty and with weapons in their hands - weapons which continually threaten the lives of all citizens. If all the weight of the law does not fall upon the guilty because of cowardice or because of domination of the courts, and if then all the judges do not resign, I pity your honor. And I regret the unprecedented shame that will fall upon the Judicial Power.

I know that imprisonment will be harder for me than it has ever been for anyone, filled with cowardly threats and hideous cruelty. But I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.

Holly
06-03-2012, 03:24 PM
Those Palestinian kids are certainly courageous.

Sam Lord
06-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Rosa Parks_Dec 1, 1955 achievement - YouTube

MauriceColgan
06-03-2012, 05:44 PM
[Edit Mod SL - off topic]

Sam Lord
06-03-2012, 08:00 PM
Wilmar Villar, Cuban dissident who died , 50 days after beginning a hunger strike ,In January 2012

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-99kC_sPxIl0/Tx7BpB2-2lI/AAAAAAAACsE/v_s8_qr4E9M/s1600/1315becwilmar_villar_mendoza_619p.jpg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16644899

Charged last year it appears with assaulting his wife, injuring her in the face, and then assaulting police who were called by his mother in law. His careeer as a "dissident" began after this but was not helpful to him in evading justice as he was sentenced to 4 years for the domestic assault in November. Cuban authorities deny that he was on any sort of "hunger strike" and state that despite the best medical available he died of "a multi-organ dysfunction that followed a severe septic respiratory process that led him into shock by sepsis."

May not have been much of a defiance after all.

Sam Lord
06-03-2012, 08:04 PM
Oliver North failing to recollect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DGDz5s6u6E&feature=related

No defiance here. He never saw any such documents. That's all.

fluffybiscuits
06-03-2012, 09:39 PM
Stonewall Riots of 1969 - YouTube

Kicked the bollox off the cops :D

fluffybiscuits
06-03-2012, 09:42 PM
http://www.b92.net/eng/

The station that defied the Milosevic government

5intheface
07-03-2012, 05:31 PM
Regime lies. :mad:

According to his own family, Wilmar's interest in politics only began in September 2011 a few weeks after his arrest for domestic violence. Do you know anything above and beyond that?

Apparently his father died in custody some years before and that did not prompt any dissident reaction from him.

Kev Bar
07-03-2012, 05:42 PM
Smiling.

Kev Bar
07-03-2012, 05:54 PM
Oliver North failing to recollect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DGDz5s6u6E&feature=related


Devotion/Deceit/ Dementia do not equal defiance.

I know it's difficult but you have to get beyond the "de..."

Trow
07-03-2012, 09:27 PM
Battle of Thermopylae.
[Quote]..Both ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending native soil. The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is also used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment, and good use of terrain as force multipliers and has become a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds.[unquote]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thermopylae

Saoirse go Deo
14-04-2012, 01:24 AM
http://www.antiwarsongs.org/img/upl/mairead.jpg

Mairéad Farrell on dirty protest. As well as excrement the women smeared their menstrual blood on the walls.

Female republicans were allowed to wear their own clothes which maybe makes their protest even more admirable - it was out of solidarity with their male comrades in the H - Blocks.

Dr. FIVE
13-08-2014, 09:45 PM
Castro's 88th birthday today

Here is his speech on 40th anniversary of Cuban revolution but this extract is more pertinently, from 1999, ten years before Lehman, subprime and the euro crisis...


http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43b/130.html


Apart from the frightful speculation with currencies, there has been an accelerated and unbelievable growth in so-called hedge funds and the derivatives market, another rather new term. I won't try to explain it. It's complicated. It would take a lot of time. I'll simply say that it is an additional system of speculative gambling, another enormous casino where the players bet anything and everything, based on sophisticated risk calculations generated by computers, high-level programmers and economic experts. They exploit insecurity and use the money in the banks' savings accounts. They have practically no restrictions, make huge profits and can provoke disasters.

The fact that the current economic order is unsustainable is evidenced by the very vulnerability and weakness of the system, which has turned the planet into a gigantic casino, and turned millions of citizens and sometimes even entire societies into gamblers, adulterating the function of money and of investments, given that they pursue neither the production nor the growth of the world's wealth, but rather a means to make money with money. Such a deformation will inevitably lead the world economy towards disaster.

musashi
13-08-2014, 09:54 PM
Battle of Thermopylae.
[Quote]..Both ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending native soil. The performance of the defenders at the battle of Thermopylae is also used as an example of the advantages of training, equipment, and good use of terrain as force multipliers and has become a symbol of courage against overwhelming odds.[unquote]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thermopylae

Was wondering when someone would mention Lyonidas, his 300 and the hot gates.

musashi
13-08-2014, 11:26 PM
I think the above action taken by Robert Emmets brother, Thomas Addis Emmet was a singularly impressive act of defiance against Britain and her laws.

Another example of a "Great Act of Defiance" is of course the "tank man":


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d8/Tianasquare.jpg

Can you think of any others? If so please share.

Speaking of Emmet and the Land League: let's hear it for the Mrs Fitzmorris from near Lough Mask; due to be evicted for not paying her rent, she refused to accept the eviction notice, warning her neighbours in the process.

Inspired by her actions and a recent speech given by Parnell in Ennis, the locals ostracized the landlord's agent, Charles Boycott. The agent eventually had to leave the country.

OK, sure it's not as heroic as Cuchaillain's stand against Medb's horde, but it was significant.

C. Flower
23-03-2015, 09:29 PM
The unemployed Crumlin youth who attempted to take the Dail single-handed, with his grandfather's 1916 sword, in a protest against 'austerity'.

http://www.herald.ie/news/dail-sword-maniac-escapes-jail-for-his-oneman-rebellion-30685576.html

I didn't know swords were much used in the Rising. Anyone got the low down on that ?

Trow
24-03-2015, 07:28 PM
I didn't know swords were much used in the Rising. Anyone got the low down on that ?

Officers carried swords...
Quote.. From Easter Monday to the following Friday the flag of the Irish Republic waved from the General Post Office, the headquarters of the rebel forces. During those eventful days Stephen's Green was occupied by the Volunteers, and some of the chief buildings in the city, the Four Courts, Jacob's biscuit factory, the City Hall, and the bridge at Lower Mount Street were strongly held by them. Liberty Hall and Bolands' bread factory were also Volunteer centres. The men showed their training by the accuracy of their fire and the excellence of their marching. Their arms were formidable, the officers carrying swords and the newest German pattern of automatic pistol. unquote. http://www.libraryireland.com/HullHistory/Easter3.php

C. Flower
24-03-2015, 07:43 PM
Officers carried swords...
Quote.. From Easter Monday to the following Friday the flag of the Irish Republic waved from the General Post Office, the headquarters of the rebel forces. During those eventful days Stephen's Green was occupied by the Volunteers, and some of the chief buildings in the city, the Four Courts, Jacob's biscuit factory, the City Hall, and the bridge at Lower Mount Street were strongly held by them. Liberty Hall and Bolands' bread factory were also Volunteer centres. The men showed their training by the accuracy of their fire and the excellence of their marching. Their arms were formidable, the officers carrying swords and the newest German pattern of automatic pistol. unquote. http://www.libraryireland.com/HullHistory/Easter3.php

It was his great grandfather's


Buckley (19) had been struggling to find a job when he saw his great-grandfather's antique army sword and came up with the "hair-brained scheme".