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activism

active involvement as a member of a POLITICAL PARTY, PRESSURE GROUP, or related political organization, e.g. a ‘trades union activist’. Theories and research concerned with political activism suggest that the tendency is for activists generally to be of higher social status, more socially confident and often better informed than most nonactivists. Levels of political activism also vary according to political circumstances. For example, in times of political crisis many people may be drawn into politics who would not normally be politically active. Some theorists, especially in POLITICAL SCIENCE (e.g. LIPSET, 1959), have suggested that in Western societies, in such circumstances, high levels of political activity and less informed participants may pose a threat to the 'S tability of democracy’. More generally, however, increased participation in politics by members of lower status minority groups (e.g. new URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS) is regarded as a favourable development. See also POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, OPINION LEADERS, TWOSTEP FLOW IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS, STABLE DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
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Livestock department would keep close liaison with the trained activists and would continue to avail their services on different schemes or occasion, observed Dr Sabtain.
In February on Valentine's Day, couples in Bihar were thrashed and humiliated by Bajrang Dal activists who charged at them to protest against the day.
He repeated thousands of party activists will move towards Islamabad to back our leader Imran Khan and to make this sit in plus at Islamabad a final nail in the coffin of Nawaz government and to end the era of loot and plunder and to bring positive change and to introduce a system based on corruption free, pure merit and justice for all so as to redesign new Pakistan leading to progress, prosperity and peace, he concluded.
The focus of activist activity continues to be in the US, with a 289% increase in activist actions in 2015 compared with 2010.
But there are also constructive activists who seek a low profile and approach companies with the intent of avoiding a public fracas.
The days of 'greenmail' are gone," said Goldberg, noting that activists rarely take a settlement to "go away" and that this will make it difficult for them to perform a future campaign.
Moreover, the Raml police station case also includes journalist Youssef Shaaban, who has a history of supporting political causes alongside other activists in Alexandria.
The point is that activists have decided to set tents in front of the Yerevan Mayor's Office, as it is already for a week as they
It cited the case of female activist Rehana Al Mousawi, who claimed that she was stripped naked during interrogation while in detention.
A first attempt by Palestinian and foreign activists and residents of Yatta to build the tent village of Cann was quickly foiled when the soldiers, who surrounded the area, removed them and took them away.
In one of the videos uploaded by activists, some of the men appeared to have been shot in the forehead, face or neck.
The activists crossed the Jordanian borders but the officials at the Israeli crossing denied them entry, and informed the Jordanian side of the refusal to receive the activists, said Haneen Sahweel, a Jordanian activist.