Thoughts on politics, religion, popular culture, history, philosophy and science by musician/graphic artist Troy J. Martin.
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It's not clear to me that the protesters were breaking the law, despite the warnings. Also, it looks like excessive force was used when the pepper spray was applied to them peacefully sitting on the ground. As to "blocking the police", it looks like the police could have just walked around them. This all seems like shades of 1969 to me.
Interesting video. Whoever added the sub-titles certainly had their minds made up who the heroes were. I understand that the police need to do what they are required to do and I did not see anything here that suggested they were acting inappropriately. It is sad that they were put in the position to have to enforce on a situation that can have national implications. I respect them for doing their jobs but I feel bad that they were sent in to a situation that would obviously show them in a negative light.
Proskep, perhaps you did not notice, but the police were completely encircled. The crowd would not allow them to leave unless the people arrested earlier were released. That is quite simply a hostage situation where captors are demanding a ransom. That is as illegal as anything I can think of. The pepper spray was quite restrained compared to what they could have been legally allowed to do in that situation.