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  •  Agree! (4+ / 0-)
    a group of 100 to 200 protesters
    They were NOT PROTESTERS.  They had no message.  They were of two sorts--rowdy partiers and vandals.  

    Not anachists.  Not protesters.  They were just out to do damage.

    The Seattle police did a good job.  They mainly herded the rowdy group with bike cops wearing bike helmets, short sleeved shirts and short riding pants, and using their bikes as barricades to get the troublemakers out of the downtown streets.

    Yes to protesting a true message in a peaceful way.  That earns support from the public.  No to rowdy partiers (girls dancing to music only they could hear) and masked window smashers.

    •  Several things (0+ / 0-)

      You're assuming all two hundred (if that number is accurate) were breaking windows. I don't see support of that. Likely there was a small group among them who broke windows.

      Second, there is a bit of controversy surrounding the requirement to ask permission to exercise 1st amendment rights of free speech and assembly. Not obtaining permission is for some a matter of principle.

      Third, police often use tactics that incite resistance and anger among some protesters. Police are not always the nice little angels that some people cling to believing. Often their tactics are the reason for the backlash.  I have first hand experience with this. One cop pushed my partner to the mud when she asked him a question. She's from Iowa, and tends to trust cops since Iowa police tend to be placid and peaceful. She now takes the side of the kids, since she experienced how it feels to be poked and jabbed and pushed by police when peacefully standing in the street.

      Look at these photos from Seattle yesterday and notice who is taking violent actions against whom. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/....

      This has to be seen from both sides. Most of these people were probably just caught up in the melee.

      And dancing in the street is a crime? I was in one protest where everyone started dancing at one point. It's a form of protest, and is actually really fun. You don't know these people. You don't understand them. But there is more to the story and to their perspective than meets the eye.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:41:18 AM PDT

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