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Long-time peace activist Andreas Speck casts critical reflections on nonviolent direct action.

Police and protesters a nonviolent "arms race"?

"A group of eight activists blockaded the entrance to AWE Aldermaston this morning at 6.45am. Using steel lock-on tubes the group have completely blocked the road. Thus stopping all construction traffic entering or leaving the site. This has caused a large tailback and the police turned all traffic away from the site.”
(“Aldermaston shut down”

A longer version of this essay is available from http://andreasspeck.info/?q=en/node/95
Sources: Kolb, Felix, 2007: Protest and Opportunities. The Political Outcomes of Social Movements, Campus, Frankfurt/Main; Martin, Brian, 1989: "Gene Sharp's Theory of Power", Journal of Peace Research, vol 26, no 2, pp213-22, http://tinyurl.com/25svo9; Moyer, Bill et al, 2001: Doing Democracy. The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island; Moyer, Bill, 1987: Movement Action Plan, Social Movement Empowerment Project, San Francisco; Sharp, Gene, 1973: The Politics of Nonvio- lent Action. Part One: Power and Struggle, Porter Sargent, Boston.

Andreas Speck is the conscientious objection campaigning worker at War Resisters International.