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Tips 4 peaceful protesting
Tips 4 calming things down on a blockade
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4 PEACEFUL PROTESTING
1. Do not touch a police officer. This could result
in a long prison term.
2. LISTENING: What is it the disruptive person
is trying to say? Sometimes just having someone listen to their
complaints is enough to calm them down.
3. TALKING DOWN: Remind disrupter(s) they are
outside the action guidelines; explain how they may be en-dangering
others; explain that they might be arrested and what the sentences
are if convicted; remind them their acts are detracting from the
message. Stress how disruptive and violent actions could turn
into civil disruptions throughout the city.
4. SURROUND AND TALK: Four or more people surround
the disrupter to stop the behavior and talk about it. - However,
if they wish to leave the circle, back off.
5. BLOCKADE AND TALK: Three or more people use
their bodies as a blockade to protect a person or property being
attacked and talk about it with the attacker(s).
TIPS TO CALM THINGS DOWN
When confronted directly - one on one.
1. Your objectives must be reasonable. You must
believe you are fair and you must be able to communicate this
to your opponent.
2. Maintain as much eye contact as possible.
3. Make no abrupt gestures. Move slowly. When
practical, tell your opponent what you are going to do before
you do it. Don't say anything threatening, critical, or hostile.
4. Don't be afraid of stating the obvious; say
simply, "You're shouting at me," or 'You're hurting my arm.
5. Someone in the process of committing an act
of violence has strong expectations as to how his/her victim will
behave. If you manage to behave differently - in a nonthreatening
manner you can interrupt the flow of events that would have culminated
in an act of violence. You must create a scenario new to your
6. Seek to befriend your opponent's better nature;
even the most brutal and brutalized among us have some spark of
decency which the nonviolent defender can reach.
7. Don't shut down in response to physical violence;
you have to play it by ear. The best rule is to resist as firmly
as you can without escalating the anger or the violence. Try varying
approaches and keep trying to alter your opponent's picture of
8. Get your opponent talking and listen to what
they have to say. Encourage them to talk about what they believe
in, wishe for, or fears. Don't argue, but at the same time don't
give the impression you agree with assertions that are cruel or
immoral. The listening is more important than what you say - keep
the talk going and keep it calm.
- Adapted from an article by Markley Morris