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Free webinar on the Paradox of Repression via ICNC Nov 15

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:46 PM by Lee Smithey   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:47 PM ]

The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements

Presented by Lester Kurtz and Lee Smithey
Thursday, November 15, 2018
12 pm to 1 pm (EST-US)

Register Here via the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Webinar Summary

From Bull Connors’ dogs and fire hoses attacking U.S. civil rights demonstrators to the massacre at Amritsar in colonial India and the shooting of nonviolent demonstrators in Soviet Tblisi in 1990, the use of coercive force often backfires. Rather than undermining resistance, repression often fuels popular movements. When authorities respond to nonviolent people power with intimidation, coercion, and violence, they often undercut their own legitimacy, precipitating significant reforms or regime overthrow.

Activists in a wide range of movements have engaged in nonviolent tactics of “repression management” that can turn the potentially negative consequences of repression to their advantage. The Paradox of Repression and Nonviolent Movements book edited by our webinar presenters, brings together scholars and activists to address multiple dimensions of this phenomenon, which Gene Sharp called “political jiu jitsu,” including the potential for nonviolent strategy to raise the likelihood that repression will cost those who use it.

In this webinar, we will share some of the key strategic insights and challenges identified by the authors of the book. As editors of the book, Lee and Les hope to share cover some of the ground covered in greater detail in the book.