“But the most important thing for us was to be able to justify it to the neighborhood, to be able to tell them why we are doing this and how it is going to turn out to be something social, something for everyone.”
Geran from Turkey, who is involved in the squatters movement in Europe, gives some inside tips on what to do and not to do when occupying a building.
The co-author of this document, Srdja Popovic, is also cofounder and key figure of the Serbian resistance movement “Otpor!”. Otpor had a huge contribution to helping topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia in 2000. Popovic became member of the Serbian National Assembly for three years until CANVAS was created (Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies). With a transfer of strategic knowledge and tips on nonviolent resistance, in the form of books and workshops, Popovic and CANVAS support democratic nonviolent movements worldwide. Popovic also translated literature about nonviolent resistance, amongst others Gene Sharp’s work “From Dictatorship to Democracy”.
CANVAS has worked with the movement of the 6th April in Egypt and also with other nonviolent revolutionary movements in the Middle East. This manual, “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points”, has been translated into 16 languages and has been downloaded about 17.000 times during the protests in Iran in 2009.
for more information check www.everydayrebellion.net & http://www.canvasopedia.org/.
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Everyday Rebellion publishes tips and tricks on how to protests nonviolent. For instance, at this moment the vimeo channel consists of of 190 films, and on the website 21 methods of nonviolent action are displayed. Check it out!
Everyday Rebellion is a tribute to the creativity of the nonviolent resistance. The project studies the consequences of a modern and rapidly changing society where new forms of protest to challenge the power of dictatorships and sometimes also global corporations are invented everyday. Everyday Rebellion wants to give voice to all those who decide not to use violence to try changing a violent system.
Conditions are important for planning, but what really makes a change are skills!
Srdja Popovic is a cofounder and key figure of the Serbian resistance movement “Otpor!”, that helped topple Slobodan Milosevic in a non-violent way in 2000. See more at: http://www.everydayrebellion.net/s-popovic-skills-and-conditions/?