Nonviolent Resistance Law and Legal Definition

Nonviolent resistance is the practice of employing symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, and other methods to achieve socio-political goals. Nonviolent resistance does not include the using of violence. It is largely substitutable with civil resistance. It is also termed as nonviolent action. Nonviolent resistance tactics includes information warfare, picketing, vigils, leafletting, protest art, protest music and poetry, community education and consciousness raising, lobbying, tax resistance, civil disobedience, boycotts or sanctions, sabotage, underground railroads, principled refusal of awards and honors, and general strikes. “Nonviolent resistance to an unlawful arrest is no crime.”[ Sims v. State, 743 So. 2d 97 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999) ].