Imagine this scenario (and please try not to read too much into this question):
You live in a formerly democratic nation where the government has recently revoked civil liberties under a new law, which it says is for the safety of the nation. However, citizens are being arrested, tortured, and killed under this new administration, and as a result two rebel factions have formed. One is a sizable group of freedom fighters who intend to overthrow the government by revolution and civil war; they are organized and have networks across the country. The other is committed to non-violent civil disobedience and reform, taking Gandhi, Thoreau, and William WIlberforce as examples; they also have networks across the country.
…and what are your reasons?