History repeats

To protect humanity
From hatred
Jesus faced crucifixion

To find a way out
For suffering masses
Budha abandoned royal mansion

To stop fighting
With each other
Muhammad preached compassion

To oppose cruelty
And authoritarianism of king
Thomas More did not fear execution

To protect civil rights
Of oppressed blacks
Martin Luther King’s life ended by assassination …

To expose draconian laws
War crimes,
Bombing of civilians
Politics of elite powers
Of imperialist countries,
Julian Assange worked tirelessly
Despite facing prospects of prosecution …

To combat atrocities
And brutalities
History repeats
Through resistance
And protests
Led by activists

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