Nonviolent Protests

The movement for non violent protest has gotten much attention in the past, during which many individuals would voice their opinions about current events, particularly war. This has been very prevalent since the 1900s, for “violent resistance was successful on 26 percent of the time, and nonviolent campaigns saw a 53 percent success rate”; most famously are Martin Luther King Jr.’s actions for civil rights and peace. Presently, there are many non violent creative resistance movements around the world today, which are created to peacefully call for change. “Most repressive governments tend to be less prepared to counter massive noncooperation by old, middle aged and young”. This is seen in the current conflict in Syria. “Terrorism does not fight terrorism”; that opinion and ideology is kept in mind by the protests in Syria to end the brutal Assad regime and bloodshed. The two main protest groups are “I Am Syrian” and “the Syrian Nonviolence Movement”, which sponsored an exhibit called “Stories of the Revolution”. The exhibit involves a big screen that shows clips of Syrian revolution songs, attracting a stream of visitors into the exhibition, including women, children, and even rebel fighters. Nonviolent resistance activities are capable of reaching diverse segments in Syrian society. They appeal to many on various levels, rather than outright violence or anger. The belief behind these kinds of actions is that a message for peace and prosperity for all can be achieved without drastic measures or extremes. Nonviolence protests offer hope, while violent resistances cause more death and grief than good.

-Lananh Nguyen

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