people power

People power is a term coined during the 1986 uprising of the Filipinos that culminated in the nonviolent moment at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.  It is used to describe movements that mobilize large numbers of people against a repressive regime. It is closely linked with the notion of consent based power, in which nonviolence, is conceived to work through large numbers of people withdrawing their support from a repressive regime, thereby causing the regime to fall.  It is also closely related to person power