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How To Have A Non-violent Revolution  
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6951 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

It appears that the inspiration for a number of recent popular uprisings is a book written by Gene Sharp, a largely (or popularly) unknown academic living in Boston

In an old townhouse in East Boston an elderly stooped man is tending rare orchids in his shabby office. His Labrador Sally lies on the floor between stacks of academic papers watching him as he shuffles past.

This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

Gene Sharp is the world's foremost expert on non-violent revolution. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, his books slipped across borders and hidden from secret policemen all over the world.


Power to the people? Clearly a dangerous thing in places like Russia, Iran, Venezuela

When it reached Russia the intelligence services raided the print shop and the shops selling it mysteriously burned to the ground.

The Iranians became so worried they broadcast an animated propaganda film on state TV - of Gene Sharp plotting the overthrow of Iran from The White House.

President Hugo Chavez used his weekly television address to warn the country that Sharp was a threat to the national security of Venezuela.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31754 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Ask Gandhi.......India owes its Independence to this simple man,whose respect by billions got its Independence.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8469 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

I'm sure the hundreds who died wouldn't call it a non violent revolution.

User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2071 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

I'm sure the hundreds who died wouldn't call it a non violent revolution.

The reason it turn violent is that the leaders in charge decided that they will not and would not go quietly. The people have awaken and decided that the time has come. We here in the US have a non violent revolution every year when we head to the polls to vote. The people voted out the Republicans, voted in the Democrats. The people awoke and decided that the Democrats are not doing a good enough job and voted the Republicans back in. Is that not non violent?

User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 1):
Ask Gandhi.......India owes its Independence to this simple man, whose respect by billions got its Independence.

I am sorry but I do not think that India gained its independence just because Gandhi walked to the sea to get some salt. The 1919 Jallianwallah Bagh massacre was in response to a peaceful gathering. For several years there were not only displays of passive resistance but also major strikes by workers that had a major impact. In several cities there were demonstrations that were violent, resulting in the deaths of both demonstrators and police. There was also division among those who wanted the British to leave India. Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose did not completely share Gandhi's views, let alone people like Jinna.

The second world war clearly revealed the weakness of Britain and in the aftermath the British were only too happy to relinquish some of the burden while maintaining at least a semblence of continuity. Gandhi may have seen the British agree to withdraw from India but he was swept away by the violence that followed. Partition saw millions of people dislodged from there homes and countless dead. Among them Gandhi: shot by an Indian nationalist who believed that the Mahatma had ceded too much ground to those who favoured partition.

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