9.4 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE POLICE

September 4th, 2012

  This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.

 To Topple a Tyrant Peacefully:
The police are almost always an important source of power in society. They maintain law and order, they carry out the government’s laws, and they insure that the system remains stable. Within the police one can identify all of the different sources of power:
Authority – the police have the authority to enforce the law.
Human resources – there are many thousands of policemen.
Skills and knowledge – police provide the state with various skills and knowledge such as: investigation techniques,  surveillance techniques, knowledge of how to break up demonstrations, etc.
Material resources – police have weapons, computers, cars, buildings, radios, and through large budgets they can sometimes even afford helicopters, airplanes and boats.
Intangible factors – people are accustomed  to obey the police out of habit. Even when the police or the army are not present, people will obey symbols of their authority.
Sanctions – if you do not obey the police, you can be punished. If you resist their orders, for example by running away when they want you to stop, the punishment can be even worse.
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