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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.
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