Jun. 27th, 2010 12:28 pm
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In situations like this, it's so easy to demonize the police. They're wearing scary uniforms, but it's law-breakers they're trying to scare.

I was watching a news report yesterday that mentioned protesters angrily asking the cops questions about Afghanistan and women's rights. That's pretty stupid; what is it supposed to accomplish, exactly?

There's a video on Youtube showing the cops advancing on protesters. When I first watched it I found it a bit scary, but that's a knee-jerk reaction. If you look closer, you'll notice that the cops never actually come in contact with any protesters. What they're doing here is a scare tactic to dislodge illegal protesters* blocking a busy street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heb9BXjYcII

The poster actually cut her video short (full version here: http://www.vimeo.com/12903946), and the reason is that to show the whole thing would be anticlimactic and undercut the point she's trying to make. Because nothing happens after that thirty seconds.

*They're singing "O Canada" to make the cops look bad, but if you're doing something illegal, it doesn't matter what song you're singing.

Date: 2010-06-28 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teddyb.livejournal.com
I completely agree with you, Claude.

this whole situation is so frustrating. I see all these people "protesting", but with little clarity on exactly what it is that they are trying to accomplish and how their "street theater" antics will bring about any kind of meaningful positive change.

I hate seeing all the riot police on every street corner downtown, but given the violent and irresponsible behaviour of the "protesters", I can't say it would have been responsible for the G-20 organizers not to have recruited this army of police officers.

Of course, they COULD have held the G-20 summit in an isolated location and not disturbed the residents of Toronto, but that wouldn't have satisfied Stephen Harper's mammoth ego and his need to demonstrate power and control during his G-20 party.

Date: 2010-06-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clauditorium.livejournal.com
Yeah, at least the G8 is being held in Huntsville.

Some people separate the folks on the streets in three groups: by-standers, protesters, and rioters. But there are also two kinds of protesters: legal and illegal. Walking down a busy street is not legal, and no one should be surprised if there are consequences.


Date: 2010-06-29 02:32 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Je suis écoeuré d'entendre des manifestants dénoncer la "répression" policière et les conditions de détention "inhumaine" sur Eastern Ave. Cry me a fucking river! Et puis ma liberté d'expression à moi? Celle qui me permet de circuler librement en ville sans avoir peur de recevoir une brique dans le dos. Quant au passants qui se sont retrouvés coincés au centre de l'action malgré eux, c'est triste, mais quand il y a des violences, le policier n'a pas le temps de te poser 36 questions pour déterminer si tu es sincère ou non. J'ai aucun problème avec les milliers de personnes qui ont pris part à la grande manifestation de samedi. Mais quand le grabuge a commencé, les plus intelligents ont continué leur marche sur le parcours prévu ou sont rentrés chez-eux. Les radicaux, mais aussi les curieux et les senteux qui sont restés au centre de l'action, je me contrefoue de ce qu'ils ont dû enduré de la police. J'en aurais encore plus à dire sur ce sujet, parce que ça me fait rager, mais je t'épargne mes diatribes!

Date: 2010-06-29 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clauditorium.livejournal.com
Je suis content que tu es d'accord.

Le pire, c'est qu'ils n'ont rien accompli.


Date: 2010-06-29 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
En fait, ils justifient la forte présence policière.

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