Nonviolent Action Method #162: Sit-In

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Editor’s Note: This week, we will be featuring five different methods of nonviolent protest as described in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action. If you want to read ESA’s entire catalogue of methods, you may do so here, or download the full list of 198 methods here.

The Sit-In

This technique consists of a group of people occupying a public place while sitting on chairs, stools, or even the floor, with the aim of disturbing normal activities.

Historical examples of this technique can be seen in the lunch counter sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement to protest segregation, and in sit-ins to protest the Vietnam War.

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