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Non-violence guidelines

These guidelines spell out the objectives, the basis of nonviolence and the principles of decision making; they serve as the foundation of our action.

Within our non-violent action, we want to act jointly according to the action guidelines below. This does not mean that everyone has to accept these guidelines as their own worldview – they are only an agreement for this action.

No use of violence

The basic principle is respect for each person and the dignity of human beings. This means both, the exclusion of violence against persons, but also restraining from treating the 'opponent' in an insulting or discriminating way. The distinction between the person and the role a person plays allows us to accept the political opponent as a human being and to fight him/her in a dialogue about his/her role as a representative of the system we criticise. During our action we will not carry any kind of weapon.

Highest possible safety for everyone involved

Affinity groups

To achieve the highest possible safety for everyone involved, we recommend youorganise yourself in a like-minded group ( an affinity group) during blockade . These are groups of 8-10 people who know each other and will watch out for each other, being aware of each others limits, fears and objectives. This provides safety and close communication and support during the action and prevents individuals getting lost in the mass of people.

No drugs or alcohol

In order not to put ourselves or others at risk because of careless behaviour or limited awareness during an action, we agree to refrain from using substances that can alter our senses before and during the action.

Grass roots democratic structure

Part of the character of an action is to act in solidarity and respect each other as equals. i.e. all members of the group have the same chance to take part in the decision making process.

Consensus

We will attempt to take decisions by consensus, which means to take decisions which everyone in an affinity group can accept. Finding a solution which allows us to be able to act as a group, and in which everyone takes the same responsibility for the decision. Consensus can also mean that different actions take place, if we cannot agree on one action but can agree on several.

Spokescouncil

In order for the whole blockade group to make joint consensus decisions we will work with a spokescouncil system. The spokescouncil is the body in which ideas, proposals for action and organisational issues are presented. Each affinity group sends one representative to the spokescouncil which exchanges information and opinions and makes decisions that affect the whole group

Transparency

One of the characteristics of nonviolent action is that action plans are announced publicly in advance. Non-violent action is a public action, which also provides the opportunity to express our position to the general public. Each person decides for themselves if they are willing to carry the personal consequences of such an action (i.e. the risk of arrest, prosecution).

A constructive counter-proposal

Non-violent action includes a constructive counter-proposal to the policy we are criticising and opposing. Proposed alternatives to nuclear power are the use of renewable energy, energy saving and reduction, return of energy production and distribution into our local communities under democratic control, and generally respect for the earth. In relation to our action, we are practising working together democratically; the means are the end.

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