How to teach the revolution?

Srđa Popović talks with Margaret Childs at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017

12. October 2017
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How do you become a revolutionary? Is there a school where you can learn tactics for progressive action and effective resistance? As a matter of fact, there is! It is called the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) and was founded in Belgrade by Srđa Popović, a youth activist who helped topple Slobodan Milošević in 2000. Drawing on this experience, Popović seeks to educate pro-democracy activists around the world in progressive non-violent resistance. He spoke with Metropole’s Margaret Childs about his fascinating work in such countries as Burma, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Tunisia, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

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Photo: Yugoslav police guard plain-clothed colleagues carrying away an old oil barrel with a picture of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic pasted on it after if was seized from a demonstration of the local students’ OTPOR (“Resistance”) organization on the main town square of Uzice (some 200 kilometers southwest of Belgrade) on Monday, 11 October 1999. The students were offering passers-by to stress their demand for a resignation of Yugoslav President Milosevic by beating the barrel with a stick, box it with their fists or kick it with their feet. (c) Mzwele/EPA/