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verb as in protest; cause an uproar

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The officers are hard to identify because they’re wearing riot gear, but Rojas later confirmed in court documents that he arrested Ramirez.

Look at the impeachment, the Kavanaugh hearing, the protests that turned into riots that turned into autonomous zones where people got shot.

From Ozy

The vice president then segued to attacking the riots and violence that broke out in some cities amid otherwise peaceful protests against racial injustice.

So when they both read him the riot act in this episode, and then Emily follows it up with the world’s most chilling, “Go home, Christopher,” it’s immensely satisfying.

From Vox

It predicted the imminent arrest of Hillary Clinton and warned of “massive riots.”

They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.

And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.

Riot police eventually converged from the flanks, hundreds at first, then hundreds more, with shields and batons.

The riot police advanced on the crowd and the crowd gave some ground but did not retreat.

A battalion of riot police armed with shotguns  arrived on the scene.

The exertions of the city authorities, who had notice of the meditated riot, were unable to prevent or quell it.

Monsieur de Tressan was here, as ill-luck would have it, and Gaubert implored him to send soldiers thither to quell the riot.

A special assistant of the United States marshal was killed, but the object of the riot was not effected.

Seven months later Captain Preston and other soldiers implicated in the riot were tried before a Boston jury.

The Italian ecclesiastic Gavazzi, lectured at Quebec, and gave rise to a riot.


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On this page you'll find 167 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to riot, such as: anarchy, brawl, disturbance, lawlessness, protest, and storm.

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