5.1 – Contaminants to Popular Mass Uprising

May 1st, 2012

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

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Several factors can limit the effectiveness of a nonviolent movement.
Avoid even considering violent alternatives! Violence by movement activists poses the greatest risk. The consequences of property destruction may be harmful to your movement.
The presence of foreigners in your movement can be used by your opponent to de-legitimize your movement.
Actions without strategic purpose may undermine your movement’s grand strategy! It creates confusion among participants.
Too much secrecy can contaminate a popular mass uprising movement! Keeping “everything a secret” usually means nothing is kept secret. The editing, printing, and distribution of underground publications, and the gathering of intellegence about the operations of the dictatorship are among the special limited types of activities where a high degree of secrecy will be required.
A poor organizational structure that inhibits application of strategy significantly reduces the movement’s effectiveness.

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