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man the barricades

To launch or participate in a protest against some group, organization, or policy one disagrees with. People around the country are manning the barricades following the president's most recent policy announcement. I would be willing to man the barricades if some giant corporation ever tried to buy out our local businesses.
See also: barricade, man

on opposite sides of the barricade(s)

Occupying conflicting, opposing, and/or contrary positions on some issue or in some situation. Unfortunately, it seems more and more to be the case that those who would see the economy recover and those who strive for social equality find themselves on opposite sides of the barricade.
See also: of, on, opposite, side
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man (or go to) the barricades

strongly protest against a government or other institution or its policy.
See also: barricade, man
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It was in 1958 that Ledra Street was first barricaded by the British after fighting erupted between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
Firefighters had to remove a bedroom door in a children's home after two youngsters barricaded themselves in.
EMERGENCY services and police negotiators were called to a block of flats in Rugby yesterday after reports that a man with a machete had barricaded himself in a room.
Law enforcement agencies frequently respond to incidents where emotionally violent subjects have barricaded themselves in a location with or without hostages.
The man, who was armed with a .357 magnum revolver, had barricaded himself in the upstairs portion of the residence, police said.
INMATES at a young offender's centre barricaded themselves into a wing last night, starting a number of fires.
A riot broke out last night at a prison after more than 30 prisoners refused to go back to their cells, barricaded themselves into their wing, and started a number of small fires.
BANGUy (CyHAN)- The violence spread throughout Bangui, capital of Central African Republic on Thursday (29 May), with reported skirmishes, barricaded roads, burned tires and lit bonfires across the city.
The phone conversation was held with deputy of Osh local council Mutalip Kadyrov, who lives in On-Adyr settlement and currently is there with residents barricaded inside.He told AKIpress correspondent that 493 sacks of humanitarian flour were delivered to On-Adyr.
For example, in 2001, the Suffolk County HNT handled 32 incidents, most of which involved barricaded subjects, and their rate of successful resolution without a violent conclusion was over 95 percent.