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Swarming & de-escalation practice (plus a picnic!)

25th August 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for an informal practice of two essential non-violent direct action techniques: swarming and de-escalation! Followed by a picnic in the park to unwind.


Originating from military tactics, swarming as a non-violent protest technique uses speed, agility and fluidity to temporarily hold a space, whether that’s a street or a city, before moving on. Often in small groups, rebels can use it to block roads for defined periods of time in a non-violent, disruptive way. You can see it in action in The Guardian’s Climate activists block London bridges in ‘swarming’ protest video.


De-escalation is an essential tool in your non-violent action toolkit, in order to keep situations peaceful and minimize risks to yours and other’s safety. Often during protests, especially during roadblocks and other disruptive actions, emotions are high and conflicts with the people affected (e.g. drivers) can arise. Knowing some de-escalation tricks can help calm an otherwise volatile situation.

We’ll be practising these techniques in a relaxed and collective way, followed by a picnic, so bring picnic food if you’d like to stay afterwards! The session should last until roughly 12.30-1pm, with the picnic afterwards.

Please note that we may practice swarming techniques on quiet stretches of road behind University parks – failing that, on paths with the parks itself.

For any questions, please email Lucy on lucywalters185@gmail.com


South-West Entrance of Oxford University Parks, OX1 3QD

Venue accessibility information

Much of University parks is accessible, but there is some uneven terrain.

Let us know beforehand if you have any mobility issues that we need to be aware of to help you to participate.


25th August 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Oxford University Parks (South-West entrance)
Parks Rd
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QD United Kingdom