Hannah King

2003-4: Refugees in Nauru Begin Hunger Strike

Desperate refugees began a hunger strike in an attempt to get the Australian government to end its dehumanising treatment of refugees.

2011: Syrian Women Blockade Highway

In the early days of the protests in Syria 2011 the women and children of the village of Bayda responded to the mass arrest of the men of the village by blockading the main road in direct conflict with the Syrian military.

1902: Belgian General Strike

In the late 19th century, the Belgian state tried several tricks to keep its parliament dominated by the wealthier classes. In response a serious of general strikes were used to force the government to implement reforms. However the Belgian Workers Party was often a hindrance in these struggles as the 1902 strike demonstrates.