Nonviolent Activism: The Reduction Of Violence Theory

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The second theory that lies behind this intervention is “The Reduction of Violence Theory”, which says that “peace will result as we reduce the levels of violence perpetrated by combatants or their representatives” (Church & Rogers, 2006, p.14). One of the methodologies used for this theory includes the promotion of nonviolent methods – as Otpor did it– to achieve the social-political ends. Thus, Otpor’s plan was very simple and many nonviolent actions were practiced. For example, ordinary people participated in different kinds of actions in their towns, on the streets, using the media to send strong messages in order to ridicule and criticize the Milosevic regime. They undermined Milosevic’s power using the humor to make him look stupid,