Resistance movement

organized effort to withstand a government or an occupying power
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A resistance movement is an organized effort by some portion of the civil population of a country to resist the legally established government or an occupying power and to disrupt civil order and stability. It may seek to achieve its objects through either the use of nonviolent resistance (sometimes called civil resistance) or the use of armed force.


  • I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
  • Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
    • Noam Chomsky, In American Power and the New Mandarins (1969).
  • Resistance to tyranny is man’s highest ideal.
    • Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 3 (1917).
  • You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
  • The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
    • Woodrow Wilson, Address to the New York Press Club, New York City (September 9, 1912).

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