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By Tim Gee

This well timed e-book argues that no significant circulate has ever been profitable with out counterpower, or the facility that the "have-nots" can use to take away the facility of the "haves."

Investigating the heritage and strategies of significant activities of the previous and today's worldwide justice and human rights hobbies, Tim Gee demonstrates what works and what doesn't paintings. In exhibiting how counterpower should be strategically utilized, Gee has created an suggestion for activists and a useful source for lecturers and scholars of social change.

Tim Gee is a author and communications expert operating with campaigning organisations within the uk and worldwide.

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In the early 2000s, Serbia’s largely nonviolent ‘Bulldozer revolution’ became the first of what became known as the ‘Color Revolutions’, including Georgia’s ‘Rose Revolution’ of 2003, 41 Counterpower and Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’ of 2004. During the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011, largely unarmed revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt dislodged the unelected rulers of those countries. Although he didn’t live to see them, every one of these campaigns was informed to some extent by the philosophy of Mohandas Gandhi, who led the nonviolent movement against colonial rule in India.

On 5 February, 300 students arrived; on 6 February there were 1,400. The protests then spread to other lunch counters. By mid-February, there had been 54 sit-ins in 15 cities. In some places, racists responded by assaulting the demonstrators physically and verbally, as the police stood by and watched. The demonstrators responded with absolute nonviolence. By the end 33 Counterpower of February, the Physical Counterpower of the students started merging with Economic Counterpower as the eating places lost trade.

When a similar alliance of groups began making preparations for a campaign at another site, Oxleas Wood near Greenwich, the government announced that the project would not be going ahead. Boosted by the victory, campaigners began to organize against plans for the extension of the M11 in Essex. This time 34 How Counterpower helps movements win the campaign was less about protecting an area of natural beauty and more about protecting a community, as the road was going to cause the demolition of a number of houses.

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