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Provo

1960s: Days of Rage


Provo was a Dutchcounterculturemovement in the mid-1960s that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. It was preceded by the nozem movement and followed by the hippie movement. Provo was founded, on 25 May 1965, by Robert Jasper Grootveld, an anti-smoking activist, and the anarchistsRoel van Duijn and Rob Stolk. The term was used for the movement as a whole and for individual members. Provo was officially disbanded on 13 May 1967. The Provos are thought to have evolved out of the artist Robert Jasper Grootveld‘s anti-smoking happenings in June 1964. The following year other groups appeared as a fusion of small groups of youths sympathetic with the pacifist ban-the-bomb movement. Roel van Duijn is thought to have been the group’s theorist, influenced by anarchism, Dadaism, Herbert Marcuse and the Marquis de Sade. The Provos borrowed their name…

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