‘Civil resistance’ strategy urged

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:Chien Hsi-chieh said the public should learn disobedience tactics and that a ‘non-violent civilian-based defense’ system against invasion be set up

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 10, 2015
By: Lii Wen  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan should develop a national defense strategy that incorporates nonviolent civil resistance

Academia Sinica researcher Hsu Szu-chien, left, former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chien Hsi-chieh, center, and Chen Jau-huar of the Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan speak at a press conference in Taipei yesterday about the need for a non-violent civilian-based defense system to counter a possible Chinese invasion.  Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Academia Sinica researcher Hsu Szu-chien, left, former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chien Hsi-chieh, center, and Chen Jau-huar of the Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan speak at a press conference in Taipei yesterday about the need for a non-violent civilian-based defense system to counter a possible Chinese invasion. Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

in the event of a Chinese invasion, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Chien Hsi-chieh says in a new book, titled Power of the Weak (弱者的力量).

Chien, a long-time labor activist and expert in nonviolent resistance tactics, said the nation should establish a system of “nonviolent, civilian-based defense” that would coexist with military forces and act to paralyze a foreign authoritarian regime.

The strategy would require the entire population to receive education and training in civil disobedience tactics, with the government serving as a coordinator in sharing the experience of social activist groups with the rest of the public, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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