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MandolinPaul Quebec City Protest of Free Trade. (112* d) RE: Quebec City Protest of Free Trade. 22 Apr 01


One thing that is really down-played in the news is that tens of thousands of the protesters are protesting peacefully, and being treated with respect by the police. We often tend to demonize the police when we hear about the frequent abuses of power and people, but we need to remember that there are many more good officers than bad ones.

One picture I saw on the news was of four young guys holding onto a steel fence, and charging at a line of twenty police officers in full riot gear; the guy on the end was swing a broomstick over his head. #1 What do they think will happen when they reach the police? #2 If that line of police officers wasn't there, who would stop these kids from attacking the delegates? Some of you may say that the presence of these officers incites such violence, but I'm not convinced.

Before we assume that the police are totally corrupt, we need to think about who we would call if people were storming our house in this manner.

Not ALL forms of protest are good ones. I applaud all of the people who are protesting peacefully.

Paul


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