This illustration shows the history of agent provocateurs throughout the centuries. As this infographic lays out, agent provocateurs have a long and in-depth history of use. They are used by a wide range of political and even corporate influencers to achieve a desired end. Sometimes the agent provocateur works from the inside to spy or sabotage a group. Others will work to cause the group to take actions that will land them with legal troubles and justify the punishment of any of a groups associates. When people take to street demonstrations they are likely going to be infiltrated by agent provocateurs. That is why using your right to be heard in courts is likely a more effective means of change.