tag: non-violence


July 1, 2014

Protests and the Construction of National Security Threats in South Africa

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The revelations by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden – that the United States (US) has developed surveillance capacities that make it possible for intelligence agents to surveil all Americans and many non-Americans – have provoked outrage and debate over the extent of their anti-terror policies far beyond their border. This massive overreach has even crept into the monitoring of popular mobilization. Read more…

October 11, 2013

Making Sense of the Protests in Khartoum

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In the ten days following September 23, Sudanese cities witnessed the largest anti-government protests in many years. Many of the protesters aimed to bring down the government; others sought a reversal of its recent decision to reduce fuel subsidies. The police and security services responded with lethal force, and according to Amnesty International, killed more than 200 protesters. The ruling party played on the fear that, if the protesters should bring down the government, they would bring down the state as well. The protests have now since subsided.
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May 29, 2013

Museveni and the Monitor: Succession Politics in Print

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On March 28, 2013, the ninth day since the headquarters of the Daily Monitor have been closed, the standoff was escalated as journalists were tear-gassed and struck by batons by Ugandan police outside the vacant office. Members from the Uganda’s Human Rights Network for Journalists organized a peaceful sit-in, but the guarding officers, after some provocation soon intervened, rapidly dispersing the hundred or so journalists, and arrested two for questioning.
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February 4, 2013

Urban Protests and Rural Violence in Africa: A Call for an Integrated Approach

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African countries appear to be in the midst of an epic shift in the nature of their political struggles. The continent continues its long-term decline in violent conflicts with the total number this year falling to half of their post-cold war peak. How do we make sense of this decline?
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September 18, 2012

Mauritania: Dreaming about the Fall of the Military State

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Mauritania has witnessed large protests this year calling for an end to the military regime of General Ould Abdel Aziz (for a useful though slightly out of date overview, see @LISSNUP’s discussion of the protests). Mauritanian activist and blogger Ahmed Ould Jedou offers an insider’s perspective on the drivers of protest and the role of the February 25 youth movement. Read More…

February 16, 2012

Police Brutality as Congolese Protest

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Today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1992 Marche des Chrétiens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a non-violent protest against the authoritarian regime of Mobutu Sese Seko that was violently repressed. Two decades later, the Catholic church picked this symbolic date, Thursday 16 February, as a day of non-violent mass protest against the […]