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Students attend the YouthStrike4Climate demonstration against climate change in Parliament Square, central London on April 12, 2019Students attend the YouthStrike4Climate demonstration against climate change in Parliament Square, central London on April 12, 2019 (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)

Paris (AFP) – Playing the role of a riot cop dispersing a peaceful but illegal sit-in on the steps of France’s National Assembly, Axel struggled to dislodge a woman whose arms and legs were enmeshed in a Gordian knot of activists.

It was like trying to pull a limpet off a rock — he couldn’t get a grip.

Welcome to Non-Violent Civil Disobedience 101, a one-day basic training for people who have decided they may need to break the law to further a good cause.

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