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Posted By: Bill D
27-Sep-09 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
Subject: RE: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
"The suppression of protests by police armed force is another manifestation of the growing of fascism..."

Awww.. c'mon, Frank. I usually agree with your views, but that's just way beyond fair. The G-8/G-20 'protesters' have a track record of violence & excess. Provisions are made for waving signs & making a point, but a hard-core group of them want direct confrontation and wear bandannas & hoods to hide their identities....and break windows & turn over cars at times.
What SHOULD the police do? Ask them to "pretty please, behave.."?
Heading off violent confrontations is hardly fascism! I saw no evidence that protesters were beaten...as happened in Chicago in 68.

I am in favor of the right to mount protests over serious issues, but not to tear up a city to further a VERY debatable political view. We can argue all day about the relationship of G-20 economic talks to the 'oppression of the people', but it is NOT obvious that relationship is cause & effect.