1. I have immersed myself in studying the US Civil Rights Movement in the 50s & 60s. The legal strategy is part of the fight for rights & democratic space. It is not the only one but it is important. Knocking down the edifice of dictatorship is not a one day event but a process.
2. I remember one of the doyens of that struggle saying every struggle requires moments of victory, no matter how small. They provide a glimpse of hope; that it’s possible. We knew the regime would fight back & it is. Still, we pursue; focused & tenacious. Nothing lasts forever.
3. They want you to believe it’s all meaningless; to not have hope and to be fatalistic. This case has them at sixes and sevens as evidenced by the tantrums & vitriol. You don’t dwell on what has happened but focus on what may happen & be prepared for it.
4. There’s nothing supremely strategic about this lot. But what they think they have right now is power & they simply abuse it to achieve their end. However, citizens must believe that they are the repositories of power. Without citizens there’s no nation; no one to govern.

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