Liu Xiaobo, for example, was arrested last December for coauthoring Charter 08, a pro-democracy and human-rights manifesto.
pro-democracy demonstrators put their middle fingers up in the air as they walked by.
All had received astoundingly onerous prison sentences for transgressions as innocuous as privately writing a pro-democracy poem.
That network came to life in early June 1989 after Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy protestors.
He retired from chess in 2005 after 20 years as the world's top player to become a leader of the Russian pro-democracy movement.
The pro-democracy protest is the biggest demonstration in Egypt in years.
As a pro-democracy upheaval rocks the Middle East, the social media giant has been receiving a steady stream of praise.
pro-democracy activists believe the situation is much worse.
pro-democracy activists estimate that some half a million citizens joined them in the largest local protest in over a decade.
Hackers who were probably working for the Chinese government attacked Hong Kong pro-democracy websites.
1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).
Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.
Note: Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. Such constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.