The Existence of Violence in Nonviolent Protest Groups.
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There is the possibility of violence erupting during a nonviolent demonstration. This thesis describes the situations in which violence may occur, it reviews theories that relate to nonviolent protest groups and their propensity to become violent, and it provides recommendations to control peaceful demonstrations. The current peace movement is committed to nonviolence and it has much to lose, nothing to gain, by the use of violence. There are no direct acts of violence recorded against persons in the United States, however, the European movement is much more aggressive. The movement has turned toward acts of violence against property and has used a more direct approach recently. The possibility for violence exists in every form of demonstration, rally, or march that any large protest movement is involved in. The literature suggests that left wing movements are in danger of losing sight of their nonviolent goals and resorting to more militant action.
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