The Velveteen Revolution, by Gene Sharp

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May 2005 Issue [Readings]

The Velveteen Revolution


From a list of 198 methods of nonviolent protest appended to From Dictatorship to Democracy, a manual by Gene Sharp, a political scientist at the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston. By March, when the government was overthrown, NGOs had distributed 5,000 copies to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan.

Rude gestures
Taunting officials
Haunting officials
Symbolic lights
Symbolic sounds
Collective disappearance
Delivering symbolic objects
Disguised disobedience
Protest disrobings
Lysistratic nonaction
Destruction of own property
Turning one’s back
Skywriting and earthwriting
Nonviolent air raids
Suspension of sports activities
Staying at home
Removal of signs and place marks
Satyagrahic fast
Self-exposure to the elements


From Dictatorship to Democracy was published as a book on September 1 by The New Press.

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