In the videos below, personal stories and observations describe what life was like before the Arab Spring.
“What we have to remember is that Islam is first a government, second a religion and third a culture. Islam is all things life.” – Lisa Gibson
Video By: Holly Prendergast
Video By: Danielle McLaughlin
I think that the violence/noviolence? qustieon strongly relies on the kind of opposition one is facing and the lengths one is willing to go in nonviolence. I also believe that in using nonviolence, one has to be able to gain support no only from other protesters but from outsiders. I doubt that the Russian Revolution (especially in it’s end stages) would have gained much outside support because it was introducing something so different and radical that I doubt that other countries would have been willing to condone it. Because of the fact that at the time of the French Revolution many other countries were ruled by monarchs, I also do not think that the French rebels would have been able to gain outside support. I think what I’m trying to say is, in order for a nonviolent rebellion to work, a group needs to be able to gain outside support. Something like Indian independence is likely to gain the blessing of at least a few outside groups, which is why I think that nonviolence worked in this this case.