Taiwan’s democratization with protest and first election was 7 or 8 years. Saw a growth of civil society. Not direct democracy or some elections, but lifting of bans on freedom of speech and assembly. Those NGOs (gender equality, environmentalist, etc) cut their teeth on local issues. Not threatening the diminishing dictatorship. They were seen as rights people. Coexist with the rapidly democratizing. The military and police didn’t see them as someone to suppress. The dictator’s child was educated as basically a communist, working on drastic non-violent transitions of power. Not perfect but insistent to take something fascist into a peaceful democracy.

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