protest-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: express opposition by preforming some action

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] PROTEST NP2
NOTE: Compare carefully to sense 2. This sense DOES NOT include anything related to speaking or writing a protest to another person/organization.

A 'protest song' is a song which protests problems in society such as injustice,
war, racial discrimination, etc.
More than 10,000 people rallied in Jena, LA., to protest the treatment of six black teenagers.
A monks' organization for the first time urged the public to join in protesting
"evil military despotism" in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

VerbNet: conspire-71
PropBank: protest.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: affirm solemnly through speech or other declaration

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] PROTEST NP2[topic] (PP{to NP[patient[human]]})
NOTE: Compare carefully to sense 1. The NP3 need not be stated, but is always implied. This sense only relates to instances that involve spoken or written acts of protesting.

'But I can't do math,' the child protested to the teacher.
For though I protested I was not hungry, the old man insisted on our sharing alike.
Girls, however much do they protest to the contrary, are not getting as much pleasure
out of the hookups as they claim.

PropBank: protest.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3