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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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Mark Traugott, author of a study of Parisian workers during France's 1848 Revolution, offers a comprehensive history of the barricade, covering its origins, construction, and spread.
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AROUND 800 protesters surged past Secret Service barricades in a bid to prevent US president George Bush from visiting the grave of Martin Luther King on what would have been the civil rights leader's 75thbirthday.
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Certains endroits en particulier excitaient leur colere, par exemple, toute mention des quartiers revolutionnaires ("la rue Antoine" ou "la rue Honore"), des champs de bataille imperiaux ("l'on se bat sur le Rhin"), ainsi que des barricades de 1830, 1848 ou de 1871, les mauvais lieux, les "bouges," les chambres entretenues par des "vieilles." Comme je l'ai suggere ailleurs (La Subversion silencieuse), ces lieux inquietaient les censeurs car ils etaient hautement narratifs, porteurs de plusieurs mondes possibles dont il etait difficile de prevoir et ainsi de controler les interpretations.
Everywhere are military checkpoints, soldiers toting automatic rifles, accordion-wire barricades, and sandbagged machine guns and bazookas.