Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an arsenal of “nonviolent weapons” at their disposal that has successfully brought down dictatorships & corrupt leaders. There are 198 of them written by Gene Sharp (the world’s leading expert on non-violent revolution).
Far too often, people have been struggling for democratic rights and justice, but are not aware of the full range of methods of nonviolent action.
A conscious and wise strategy, attention to the dynamics of nonviolent struggle, and careful selection of these methods can increase a group’s chances of success.“Sometimes, it’s better to demonstrate by emptying the streets than by filling them” (Use concentration and dispersion wisely)

Must-Watch Videos:
Bringing Down A Dictator (2002) How an inspirational, peaceful nonviolent grass-roots movement (ordinary citizens who overcame their fear) and brought down Serbian President Milosevic. It Teaches How To Overthrow A Dictator. A priceless history lesson and an inspiration for revolutions!
TedxTalks: The success of nonviolent civil resistance: Erica Chenoweth (it takes no more than 3.5% of the population of a country participating in sustained nonviolent civil disobedience to topple a totalitarian government) Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators.
“Between 1900-2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. Erica will talk about her research on the impressive historical record of civil resistance in the 20th century and discuss the promise of unarmed struggle in the 21st century. She will focus on the so-called “3.5% rule”—the notion that no government can withstand a challenge of 3.5% of its population without either accommodating the movement or (in extreme cases) disintegrating. In addition to explaining why nonviolent resistance has been so effective, she will also share some lessons learned about why it sometimes fails.”
Fighting with non-violence | Scilla Elworthy
TedTalk: The secret to effective nonviolent resistance | Jamila Raqib
Why Protests Matter
Gene Sharp on BBC HardTalk
The Power and Potential of Nonviolent Struggle by Gene Sharp
Insight with Gene Sharp- From Dictatorship to Democracy – Frontline Club

“FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation” a 93-page handbook for the nonviolent protest movements around the world overthrow of dictatorships by the people they oppress. Translated into 40 languages, it is credited as an instrumental tool in spurring popular uprisings in Eastern Europe, Egypt, Libya and Syria.
BOOK – FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, by Gene Sharp
About the book :
AUDIOBOOK: FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, by Gene Sharp, Read by David Erdody: 155 minutes:
About the book:
HOW NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE WORKS” a small book offers the principal contents of the 902 pages of the original 1973 The Politics of Nonviolent Action ***[1]*** to anyone who wants to learn the substance of how nonviolent struggle works.

Must-Read articles:
Wikipedia :
Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan
Presentation by Erica Chenoweth:
Violent Versus Nonviolent Revolutions: Which Way Wins?
Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictatorsRsearch says nonviolent civil resistance toppling dictatorships requires 3.5% of population. Nonviolent resistance proves potent weapon
Psychology research finds extreme protest actions reduce popular support for social movements
“Taken together with prior research showing that extreme protest actions can be effective for applying pressure to institutions and raising awareness of movements, these findings suggest an activist’s dilemma, in which the same protest actions that may offer certain benefits are also likely to undermine popular support for social movements.”

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