The sounds of protest are getting louder
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The sounds of protest are getting louder

Flares fired by police punctuate the voices of protesters: “If you stay together, they cannot arrest you,” they say, “There are too many of us.” Over a megaphone, a police officer shouts at the crowd to vacate or be subject to “impact weapons.” The scene culminates in a familiar refrain: “the people, united, will never be divided.” This is the sound of an anti-Trump protest in Portland in 2016. “When I listen to that I kind of get a lump in my throat,” says Stuart Fowkes, “because I can kind of feel like I was there.” Fowkes is the founder of a new project called Protest and Politics—a sound map that documents the sounds of protest, as they grow louder in cities around the world. Indeed, from Brexit to Trump’s election, the past year has known more protests than many before it.


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