Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organized protest demonstration in which participants seat themselves in an appropriate place and refuse to move.
  • n. The act of occupying the seats or an area of a segregated establishment to protest racial discrimination.

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  • n. A protest in which people refuse to leave.

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  • n. a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats and refuse to move

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Examples

  • Witnesses said the violence began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped out in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    NYDN Rss

  • Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Police and protesters clashed for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday, after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in in the symbolic site.

    The Seattle Times

  • CAIRO - Thousands of police clashed with protesters for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in there.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Thousands of police clashed with protesters for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in there, killing one person and injuring more than 600 people.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • "It's very apparent that there will be no security during the coming elections," said Mahmoud Fathy, a candidate from the Salafi Fadila Party, which supports the protesters but opposed the idea of a long-term sit-in.

    The Seattle Times

  • Will they use Facebook to organize a 20,000-person rally for a carbon tax, or call a sit-in on one of our dwindling glaciers?

    Craig and Marc Kielburger: Government Transparency 2.0

  • Despite the insistence by Ella Baker and other movement leaders that the objectives of the sit-in movement were, as Baker said, “bigger than a hamburger” and “not limited to a drive for personal freedom,” testimonies by sit-in participants indicate that many African Americans in the South welcomed the desegregation of public space as their entry into the consumer culture.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • After the lunch counter at the largest department store in Atlanta was desegregated, sit-in organizers were dismayed that the first black people to eat there honored the occasion by dressing in their finest clothes, including fur coats.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Because the prophetic organizing tradition of Afro-American churches is alive and well, we are witnessing a contemporary civil rights movement, half a century after the sit-in movement began at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: School Re-Segregation: How Faith Has Re-Ignited the Struggle for Justice

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