Some might argue that the Kurdish movement, carrying on a struggle that was started by the PKK, is not a civil uprising, but an uprising started by a group of armed men and women. But does an uprising have to be spontaneous and does it have to start with protests on the streets to be a civil uprising? I don’t think so. The Kurdish movement may have started small, but soon grew and managed to gain a lot of support from the people, after which it grew into a mass civil movement maintaining a decades-long and persistent uprising.
And then I read something else: an article in a Dutch weekly about The Dictator’s Learning Curve, a book by the American journalist William J. Dobson. It is about the difference between the dictators of the old days, like in Argentina or the USSR, who openly suppressed their people, and nowadays authoritarian leaders: the ones we deal with now cover themselves with a layer of democracy and law and try to stifle opposition from that seemingly democratic position.