Non-violence

I think it’s important to explain why we are advocating non-violence in this occupation. It is not due to a moral decision on pacifism, I’d rather leave that debate for another day. This is a tactical decision, the state is much stronger than us and if we try to use brute force to stay in the square we will lose. In this case the best form of defence is non-violent resistance. I am not suggesting that we up and move when the police ask us to. My proposal is that we stay where we are, or we move to the nearest tent and lie down. We hold on to our comrades to prevent the police dragging them away. We let our bodies go limp so it will take three officers to carry us.

The police want us to be violent. This gives them full power to use violence themselves – don’t fall for the trap. By refusing to strike a blow at police we deny them legitimacy to hit us.

Remember the state has the media on its side, and they will use it exaggerate the smallest act of violence on our part and excuse every act of violence the police commit. So our only option to show the world that we are not the thugs is to react non-violently. I acknowledge this is not an easy thing to do, but if we keep this tactic in mind we take away one of the strongest weapons the police has.

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