Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Feb 6, 2012.
Washington Times: Police raid Occupy D.C. camp
Make every brick count ...
... and take a few seconds to write "John Pike" on it before you heave it!
Sad that it's coming to this, but not surprising.
Thinking back, I suspect UC Davis was the catalyst for this, just a slow-acting one. When protestors have made a specific point to be peaceful and nonviolent, and are responded to with chemical weapons and physical brutality, throwing bricks at the police seems less like an act of aggression and more like one of self-defense. Going on what's happened lately with regard to Occupy, did those campers have any expectations other than being the subjects of more police violence when police invaded their encampment?
I must disagree. Violence is the worst, the absolute worst route to take. It will accomplish nothing but lose us sympathizers in the public, and bring the power of the state down on our heads worse. I agree with Chris Hedges in this column:
The Cancer in Occupy
What do you suppose the chances are that the "Black Bloc" are actually COINTELPRO relabeled?
You are confusing people who show up for the express purpose of doing violence with those who defend themselves against violence and simply return quid pro quo.
Unless you resist, the power of the state will simply beat you into submission. Bullying ends when the bullied fight back.
Or Anthony Bologna, who pepper-sprayed two detained women and barely got his knuckles rapped for it. There are a couple eligible poster children for this.
Name-A-Brick Candidate #2
Speaking of rapping kuckles, was Pike even disciplined? Or was he quietly forgotten in the aftermath?
Oh, of course some of them are.
Separate names with a comma.