die in ones boots


Die-ins are a form of protest where participants simulate being dead (with varying degrees of realism). Possible motivations include:

  • prevention of violent conflict, war
  • raising awareness of an existing conflict
  • expressing disapproval of technology which is perceived as deadly


In the simplest form of a die-in, protesters simply lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead, sometimes covering themselves with signs or banners. Much of the effectiveness depends on the posture of the protesters, for when not properly executed, the protest might look more like a "sleep-in". For added realism, simulated wounds are sometimes painted on the bodies, or (usually "bloody") bandages are used.

Die-ins are a popular form of protest around the world against the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Cindy Sheehan was arrested during a die-in in Washington, DC.

September 15, 2007

On September 15 2007 several thousand protested the Iraq war at the Capitol at Washington D.C. Hundreds "sprawled on the ground" on the Capitol lawn at the die-in. Over 190 were arrested, including ten veterans of the Iraq war.

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