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  •  alright--let's leave the tent cities aside. We (9+ / 0-)

    all know how they've dealt with tent cities in this country--because that's not new with OWS.  At least they didn't BURN them out this time--just some plain old crash, bash and destroy.

    What about just walking peacefully down the street, or protesting outside a building, walking across a bridge, sitting down across a campus road...ALL THOSE THINGS apparently merited riot police intervention, eh?

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:15:11 PM PST

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    •  That's not what I was saying. (7+ / 0-)

      If you're looking for someone who's arguing that appropriate force was used against Occupy, you're looking at the wrong guy. I have huge issues with the way that the law was enforced, just as everyone else here does. There was no merit or justice in the use of riot gear, pepper spray, tear gas, etc. Those were criminal acts of a greater degree than anything associated with OWS.

      However, I think you know as well as I do that some of Occupy's activities were illegal. You can't take over a heavily-trafficked thoroughfare, at least not without a permit. You can't stage a sit-in that blocks access to a building without the permission of the building owner. I'm sure you know this. The First Amendment does not grant the right to break the law.

      But the law's response should have been much different.

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:28:58 PM PST

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