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European Journal

Serbia: The Legacy of Otpor

The Serbian anti-regime youth movement Otpor is an inspiration to the Tunisian and Egyptian demonstrators who recently took to the streets to call for greater democracy in their countries.

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Kairo Ägypten April 2010

In 2000, the activities of the student-led Serbian uprising, Otpor! led to the overthrow of dictator Slobodan Milošević. Some of its members went on to set up the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, which provides training and workshops for pro-democracy activists in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq. They teach the importance of following an idea rather than a person: and of having stamina and faith in peaceful change. And these days, student protestors can use the Internet to get organized.