[sit-in] /ˈsɪtˌɪn/
an organized passive protest, especially against racial segregation, in which the demonstrators occupy seats prohibited to them, as in restaurants and other public places.
any organized protest in which a group of people peacefully occupy and refuse to leave a premises:
"Sixty students staged a sit-in outside the dean's office."
1955–60; noun use of verb phrase sit in (a place); cf. -in
British Dictionary definitions for sit-in
1.  a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats in a public place and refuse to move as a protest
2.  another term for sit-down strike
3.  (often foll by for) to deputize (for)
4.  (foll by on) to take part (in) as a visitor or guest: we sat in on Professor Johnson's seminar
5.  to organize or take part in a sit-in

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Word Origin and History for sit-in
1936, in ref. to session musicians; 1937, in ref. to union action; 1941, in ref. to student protests.
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An illegal occupation of a place in order to make a political or philosophical statement

[1960s+; the term was popularized during the movement for black civil rights and has many offspring: be-in, love-in, puke-in, etc]

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Encyclopedia Article for sit-in

a tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. The demonstrators enter a business or a public place and remain seated until forcibly evicted or until their grievances are answered. Attempts to terminate the essentially passive sit-in often appear brutal, thus arousing sympathy for the demonstrators among moderates and noninvolved individuals. Following Mahatma Gandhi's teaching, Indians employed the sit-in to great advantage during their struggle for independence from the British. Later, the sit-in was adopted as a major tactic in the civil-rights struggle of American blacks; the first prominent sit-in occurred at a Greensboro (North Carolina) lunch counter in 1960. Student activists adopted the tactic later in the decade in demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

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