For the protesters or the cops to truly "disgust" me I'de actually have to care one way or the other. Honestly I don't. I just find it amusing how in these threads generally begin with evil cops attacking the innocent protesters. Get real. All the protesters aren't sweet little angels.
Let the protesters protest! Good for them. Whether they deserve it or not they're probably going to get beaten. Some even want it to happen. It could only strengthen their cause. To think the cops are doing something wrong just because they're preparing for this eventuality is to be blind. Some of the arguments I read here make it sound like at any protest a truck pulls up, cops flood out the back and instantly start slaughtering people. I'm sure something goes down before A turns into B.
wiremommy: Nope. I'm not a cop and I have no idea what the hell a troll is.posted by Nyarlathotep at 12:44 PM on August 11, 2000
As for this entire thread, claiming all the protesters are 100% innocent and the police are 100% evil is just as ludicrous as saying the reverse.posted by aaron at 4:29 PM on August 11, 2000
In other words, there are always going to be a lot of people to fuel such activism, because there's always going to be a lot of young people. But the young inevitably become old, so the movements never build past a certain point. All they can do is maintain a certain level of membership by replenishing with fresh blood.posted by aaron at 5:24 PM on August 11, 2000
I think we all agree that the point of such protests is to get attention. And it is. But what attention is it getting? Practically all the coverage this is getting in the media is of one sort: "Here comes the latest fight between the cops and the protesters." What are the protesters actually protesting? Nobody's saying. They're just sort of there. They're not getting any coverage of what it is they're railing against, only of the fact that they're planning to cause trouble. And when the protests actually occur, all the coverage ends up being about the confrontations themselves. In short, it's not working.
Another big question is why they're focusing on the conventions. The conventions matter less now than they ever have before, and the media's not even covering them that much anymore. At least at Seattle they were targeting a meeting directly relevant to their own arguments. At the conventions it just comes off as "we're against The Man!" And that makes them look like a big joke, a leftover dinosaur from the '60s.posted by aaron at 6:55 PM on August 12, 2000
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