By Michael Caster, , April 8, 2015, published in OpenDemocracy

For Chinese domestic rights defenders, the challenge has become matching their resistance efforts to slower-onset repression. Rather than pursuing tactics involving sudden unrest and demanding high-profile victories, more can often be achieved working from the grassroots, producing limited but sustained improvements. Activists and movements that demand rapid systemic change can become upset when they fail, causing participation to dissipate. Focusing initially on smaller-scale changes can bolster resilience for more sustainable campaigns. These are not only useful guidelines for civil resistance in China; they also have universal application.

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