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1960: South Korean Student Protests

In 1960 repression and electoral fraud pushed students throughout South Korea to take action against the regime. The protests (called the April Revolution) forced the resignation and exile of President Rhee, but the period of civilian rule was short lived.

1946: Haitian Student Strike

In 1946 a group of Marxist students opposed to the Dictatorship of Elie Lescot, started a student movement that grew into a general strike ousting the Dictator.

1974: Ethiopian General Strike

In 1974 the regime of Emperor Selassie was badly shaken, the student protests shut down the education system and there were mutinies in the army. In addition the Main Trade Union Confederation kicked off a general strike. Most of the protests where about wages and benefits, which were largely won, but the events would also mark the beginning of the Emperor's downfall.

1967-74: Ethiopia's Student Movement

The absolute regime of Emperor Haile Selassie was first challenged by university students.

1931: Chileans Overthrow Dictator Carlos Ibañez del Campo

Demonstration against the Dictatorship in July 1931

In response to economic depression the Chilean state became a Dictatorship. In response Chilean students and workers engaged in a general strike and occupation of universities demanding a return to civilian rule.

1986-88: Haitians Demand Civilians Government and Democratic Election

Tonton Macoutes patrolling a Haitian street 1988

After the downfall of Baby Doc Duvalier Haiti was ruled by a US supported Junta. The campaign that toppled Duvalier continued to oppose the Junta and its campaign of violence and economic policies.

Haitians overthrow regime, 1984-1986

Article on the two year long campaign of demonstrations and strikes that toppled the Dictatorship of Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

Readings and photos from the student uprising at Chomsky’s university, MIT, 1967-1972

1969 student protest at Chomsky's university, MIT

The protests that erupted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1960s were an important part of the student unrest that shook the US in this period.

Noam Chomsky has talked sympathetically about these protests, which focused on MIT's development of both nuclear weapons and weapons used in the Vietnam war. However, Chomsky also has a strong loyalty to MIT – at one point describing the university as ‘the freest and the most honest and has the best relations between faculty and students than any other ... [with] a good record on civil liberties’ – and it seems this loyalty has prevented him from giving a full account of these events.

Chomsky at MIT: Between the war scientists and the anti-war students, by Chris Knight

Noam Chomsky and police confronting students at MIT, November 1969

It is now fifty years since Noam Chomsky published his celebrated article, 'The Responsibility of Intellectuals'.* Few other writings had a greater impact on the turbulent political atmosphere on US campuses in the 1960s. The essay launched Chomsky's political career as the world's most intransigent and cogent critic of US foreign policy - a position he has held to this day.

Brazil: Anarchist murdered

A Brazilian anarchist student, Guilherme Irish, was this week murdered by his father due to his political views.