Nonviolent resistance in Cuba and Venezuela: A case against violent flanks
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Nonviolent resistance in Cuba and Venezuela: A case against violent flanks

Despite the accomplishments of nonviolent democratic resistance movements worldwide, including in Cuba and Venezuela, there has been a temptation in some quarters to embrace the dubious idea that a nonviolent movement could have a "violent flank" and that this "diversity of tactics" would somehow speed up democratic change. "Violent flanks" and the use of the so-called "diversity of tactics" reduces mobilization and decreases the probability of success for a resistance movement. This would explain why both the Castro and Maduro regime's manufacture evidence and constantly accuse nonviolent activists of being violent ignoring all the evidence to the contrary.


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