The Makohiro protests were student-led demonstrations held in Makohiro, the capital of the Northern Vlokozuian State of El Kadsre during 1982. It was the biggest threat of Vlokozuian control and the nationwide revolution movement inspired by the Makohiro protests is sometimes called the Taraist Movement of 1982. The protests started on April 23 and was suppressed on July 24 when the Vlokist government declared the martial law and sent the military to occupy some of the streets in the city, in what has become known as the Makohiro massacre, when troops with assault rifles and tanks fired at the demonstrators and those who were trying to block the military's advance into Makohiro. Official Vlokozuian death toll estimate was around several hundred to couple thousand with thousands more wounded while the official North El Kadsreian death toll is over 12,000
The massacre is considered to be a turning point of the Vlokozu Union, as it caused the economic recession that would last for the rest of the year. The massacre went on to become one of the most controversial topics in the Vlokozu Union, and it wasn't until 1984 that Michael Vlokozu apologized to the families of the victims of the massacre.
On April 16, 1982 when Michael Vlokozu heard rumors that Tara Fujimoto was planning a coup against him and the Labor party and dissolve the union, he ordered the SSV to arrest him and his wife Kotone Fujimoto out of anger, taken to a secret trail, where he and his wife were convicted of political sabotage and treason against the Union and were immediately executed via firing squad.
Shortly after, the Union announced that Tara Fujimoto had died of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which caused the North El Kadsreian citizens to react strongly, some of them believing that the Vlokozuian government is trying to cover up their involvement of Tara's death (although Michael would later apologize in 1984 and take full responsibility for Tara's arrest and execution and build the Fujimoto Mausoleum in his honor) and they begin to gather in large numbers.