I've often seen the word "riot" and "protest" used on the news. But, it seems these words are somewhat different. Could you tell me the differences between these two words?
Answer from a Native speaker
Yes, I can! A "protest" happens when you are acting against a certain act or rule. A "protest" is a peaceful event organised by the public to show that they disapprove of something. A "riot" is similar in showing disapproval of something, but it is usually more violent and leads to vandalism and theft. Sometimes a "protest" can lead to a "riot". Ex: There were riots in the streets last week. People weren't happy about the lack of resources. Ex: I went to a protest for animal rights! We silently sat on the grass with our signs.