The Largest Protest In Human History
Protests and uprisings have always been part of the hierarchical system we’ve created for ourselves. As people reach the heights of power, they will also have to maintain it. And to do so, you have to keep the people either pleased or scared. But with that in mind, let’s take a look at the largest protest in human history. You might think it’s the Civil Rights movement or the Anti-Vietnam War Protests, but no. This huge protest took place in November 2016.
Over 20 million Shia Muslims took part in the largest protest in human history against ISIS. They risked their lives travelling through Iraq while in celebration of a famous Muslim martyr. The pilgrimage marched to the city of Karbala, some 62 miles away from Baghdad, in honour of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson.
The pilgrimage has become dangerous over the past decade, with Shia Muslims being labelled as apostates by ISIS and were systematically targeted in an ongoing bloody campaign. But despite this, many protesters have decided to make the journey on foot, coming by dangerously close to the ISIS-controlled territory.
In an attempt to offer some safe passage, over 24,000 military and police personnel had been deployed in and around the area surrounding the city of Mosul – the last major ISIS stronghold. But despite their best efforts, a suicide bomber has killed six people near Karbala.
Pilgrim Jaber Kadhem Khalif said: “I came walking from Basra with my wife and three sons … This is the third time. We started walking 13 days ago and reached Karbala on Sunday night.”
Probably surprising, or not, the largest protest in human history has received minimal press coverage when it happened in November last year and has since been quickly forgotten.
Mohammed Al-Sharifi, a volunteer at last year’s event, previously said: “I think the reason the mainstream media hasn’t covered the [march] is because I don’t think it’s juicy enough to sell papers. It’s simply not interesting enough.”
“Unfortunately [some] media outlets have gone for stories that to some extent can be divisive. If a group of Muslims do something good, it’s not mentioned or the religion is not mentioned. But if someone does something [negative], it is on the front page and their religion is mentioned.”