Nonviolent Action Method #13: Deputations

Frame from the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

After almost a decade of civil war, both Christian and Muslim women in Liberia, led by Leymah Gbowee, began to protest. When Liberian warlords met in the city of Accra, in Ghana, the women were optimistic for a solution. However, it soon became apparent that talks were not going anywhere. So the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace sent a deputation to women of Accra, where they surrounded the meeting place and continued to protest until a solution was reached.

(You can read more about the different methods of nonviolent protest in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action. Access CSA’s catalogue of Sharp’s methods here, or download the full list of 198 methods here.)

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Nonviolent Action Method #130: Removal of Signs and Placemarks

From Gene Sharp

Removal of Signs and Placemarks
This technique involves removing, altering or replacing street signs, public transportation signs, and other placemarkers. Doing so can temporarily mislead, hinder or delay the movement of troops or foreign policemen, with both practical and psychological impacts.