Can oppressed peoples that are suffering from injustice improve their situation by peaceful means alone?

49% (31 votes)
41% (26 votes)
Don't know/No opinion
10% (6 votes)
Total votes: 63

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Current Example

There is a pretty big example of working for change going on in Mexico. Details in The Nonviolent Occupation of Ciudad Juárez.

A civil response to violence - video

For some reason I haven't been able to post videos lately. This one is a Ted talk that follows both the theme of this poll and Phil's comment above. It also has the distinction of being the first Spanish language Ted talk (with English subtitles). The topic is "A civil response to violence", presented by Emiliano Salinas, son of former Mexican President Salinas, approx. 12 minutes.

Here's the link:


I hope this is just a exercise inside the forum, because will not represent the Nicaraguans position.

I think were here(in the site), just 2 Nicaraguans living in Nicaragua and few other living abroad, the rest are foreigners that for its own particularities; "peaceful life its their only choice", and i don't know how many of them have experienced the injustice of our people, in the same conditions, to have a better qualified opinion.

If we analyze this poll, using the fact expressed by Fyl in his node , like himself expressed "The method is totally bogus"


We have more than a handful of Nicaraguans on the site. You may not hear from them often but they're here.

Every poll we have is for your entertainment. If you really think about it, with approximately 60 people polled each time, that's not enough to mean anything and the poll is not specific to Nicaragua. I imagine the response varies widely from country to country based on the sort of experience you mention.


Incidentally, this is a question from the Gallup organization that they use in countries worldwide.

Not enough options

What about people who are self-oppressing? If they take the violent option, who are they supposed to kill? Themselves?

``Vote for me—I`ll set you free`` Anon.

9% no opinion

Why did people with "no opinion" take this pole? the pole was passive. No one was put on the spot. Why not develop an opinion and then take the pole?

I am just saying... I am the type who always has an opinion. It doesn't matter if I am write or wrong, or if I feel like talking about it.

1st Capt. Ron (Title by Miskito Alan)

My fault

When I sense them forming an opinion, I close the poll!

It might help to know that the poll is changed roughly every second month on the 13th. So you have 10 more days.