Such a great contextualization and accounting of the civil disobedience & non-violence direct actions. It is great knowing of this experience from another part of the world. I personally have had training on NVDA & planning strategies for campaigns from Kenya, and I am amazed by how XR creatively uses people skills, diversity & resources to achieve their eventual goals. Of course issues we fight may differ, but how we approach movements and campaigns pretty much has some similar approaches & planning/ strategy. Yes, in my dissection of this Peace, I quite agree. The emotional support before, during & after actions is very key. Counsellors are very key to keep campaigns alive!
Finally, thank you for sharing your first-hand experiemces Sammie, this forms a huge basis of lessons to learn from, for people in this space.
I think many Singaporeans following world news would be alarmed by the increasing number and scale of protests and civil disobedience movements worldwide. Aiyo, like that economy how? Why create trouble ah?
While I am not here to suggest that they are ‘goodʼ, I would like to provide some perspective having participated in some civil disobedience action by Extinction Rebellion (XR). Another important disclaimer here is that XR protests were organized in many other, mostly European cities and the one which received the most coverage was the one in London. The one I participated in was in Amsterdam – the Rijksmuseum blockade (October 7) and the Blauwbrug blockade (October 13).
At the Blauwbrug Blockade (Source: Extinction Rebellion Netherlands’ Facebook)
What is the issue?
The issue here is the urgency of the climate crisis and the inaction by governments. And no one doesn’t need to have Trump as president…
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