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Need your guns in case you need to rise up against a government? Think again.

Posted by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_Revolution


From 1987, a cycle of mass demonstrations featuring spontaneous singing eventually collected 300,000 Estonians in Tallinn to sing national songs and hymns that were strictly forbidden[citation needed] during the years of the Soviet occupation, as Estonian rock musicians played.

On 14 May 1988, the first expression of national feeling occurred during the Tartu Pop Music Festival. Five patriotic songs were first performed during this festival. People linked their hands together and a tradition had begun.[citation needed]

In June the Old Town Festival was held in Tallinn, and after the official part of the festival, the participants moved to the Song Festival Grounds and similarly started to sing patriotic songs together spontaneously.[citation needed]

On 26–28 August 1988, the Rock Summer Festival was held, and patriotic songs, composed by Alo Mattiisen, were played.[citation needed]

On 11 September 1988, a massive song festival, called "Song of Estonia", was held at the Tallinn Song Festival Arena. This time nearly 300,000 people came together, more than a quarter of all Estonians. On that day political leaders were participating actively, and were for the first time insisting on the restoration of independence.[citation needed]

On 16 November 1988, the legislative body of Estonia issued the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration. In 1990 Estonia had been the first Soviet republic to defy the Soviet army by offering alternative service to Estonian residents scheduled to be drafted. Most Estonians, however, simply began avoiding the draft.[citation needed]

The Singing Revolution lasted over four years, with various protests and acts of defiance. In 1991, as Soviet tanks attempted to stop the progress towards independence, the Estonian Supreme Soviet together with the Congress of Estonia proclaimed the restoration of the independent state of Estonia and repudiated Soviet legislation. People acted as human shields to protect radio and TV stations from the Soviet tanks. Through these actions Estonia regained its independence without any bloodshed.[5] < For the hard of seeing. 

On 22 August 1991, Iceland became the first nation to recognise the newly restored independence of Estonia. Today, a plaque commemorating this event is situated on the outside wall of the Foreign Ministry, which itself is situated on Islandi Väljak 1, or "Iceland Square 1". The plaque reads; "The Republic of Iceland was the first to recognize, on 22 August 1991, the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Estonia", in EstonianIcelandic and English.

Independence was declared on the late evening of August 20, 1991, after an agreement between different political parties was reached. The next morning Soviet troops, according to Estonian TV, attempted to storm Tallinn TV Tower but were not successful.[6] The Communist hardliners' coup attempt failed amid mass pro-democracy demonstrations in Moscow led by Boris Yeltsin.


There's more than one way to overthrow a government. It doesn't have to be violent. 

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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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I want to talk about this damnit! There are alternative ways to resist a government of assholes! 

Kokoscold
by Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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Are you suggesting we overthrow the government by holding a rock concert?

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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Bump to come back to. 

There have been far more non-violent resistance movements that violent ones throughout human history. 

stormcris
by Christy on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

It depends on the government. When the government goes to shooting at unarmed protestors such as they did at Kent State....

Quoting mehamil1:

I want to talk about this damnit! There are alternative ways to resist a government of assholes! 


talia-mom
by Gold Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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yawn


Nevermind the Soviet bloc was already dealing with other issues.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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Well, it worked for Estonia. 

What I am suggesting is that we don't need to be armed to the teeth to overthrow a government. They can be overthrown in a variety of ways without firing a shot. Iceland also recently had their own non violent revolution. As did Egypt. The people of India kicked out the British without using weapons as well. 

This is a response to the gun nuts who think that they need to hold onto their weapons incase the US government decides to crack down on over 300 million people. 

Quotig Kokoscold:

Are you suggesting we overthrow the government buy hold a rock concert?

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Did the students fire back? Or did that hasten the hell out of ending the war in Vietnam? 

Quoting stormcris:

It depends on the government. When the government goes to shooting at unarmed protestors such as they did at Kent State....

Quoting mehamil1:

I want to talk about this damnit! There are alternative ways to resist a government of assholes! 

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

*stetch*

Yes, Lativa and Luthiania were protesting the same exact way and gained their independence. Do you think that if the Russians had been really violent towards the protesters that the protesters would have fired back? Or gone on singing? Or would the collective outcry from the world against the Russians hasten the end of that conflict and gotten them out sooner instead of over 4 years? All without the Estonians firing a shot at them. 

My point is that violence does not have to be the one and only way. 

Quoting talia-mom:

yawn

Nevermind the Soviet bloc was already dealing with other issues.

Kokoscold
by Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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Ok ok that clear things up alittle. Sorry I wasn't sure if you were for guns and wanted to over throw the government or if you were against and still wanted to overthrow the government.

It is a tad out there to think the government is coming for your guns.

Quoting mehamil1:

Well, it worked for Estonia. 

What I am suggesting is that we don't need to be armed to the teeth to overthrow a government. They can be overthrown in a variety of ways without firing a shot. Iceland also recently had their own non violent revolution. As did Egypt. The people of India kicked out the British without using weapons as well. 

This is a response to the gun nuts who think that they need to hold onto their weapons incase the US government decides to crack down on over 300 million people. 

Quotig Kokoscold:

Are you suggesting we overthrow the government buy hold a rock concert?


 

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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And this is one of many examples. Iceland just had a revolution. They overthrew their government and now a new one has taken it's place. They are rewriting their constitution. They did this without anyone firing a single weapon. 

Quoting krysstizzle:

Bump to come back to. 

There have been far more non-violent resistance movements that violent ones throughout human history. 

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