Student riot Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student_riot

A student protest in London in 2010

Student riots, college riots, or campus riots are riots precipitated by students, generally from a college, university, or other school. Student riots are often an aspect of student protests.


As with riots in general, the causes are varied.

Student riots have often been political in nature, such as those that were common in the US and Western Europe during the Vietnam War era. Student riots in China during 1989 arose when the students started protesting against the injustice of their politicians. In a number of countries, such as Mexico, Chile, Iran, Venezuela and Bangladesh, students form an active political force, and student riots can occur in the context of wider political or social grievances.[1][2] On some occasions student riots have accompanied a general strike, a student strike, or wider national protests.

Student riots have also been seen as hooliganism—such as after sporting events—with some in the US being linked to alcohol consumption.[3]


Responses to riots are also varied. In response to student riots in China during 1989, the Chinese government opposed the protests and brutally beat and murdered those who participated in them.


The following are some examples of famous student riots:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY – 2 – 1968: Student riots threaten Mexico Olympics". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Login". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "College drinking". Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2016.