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  •  If there is violence and vandalism by police (1+ / 0-)
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    This should be met with peaceful responses by OWS and supporters.

    There is always a threat of police aggression at any peaceful protest or action. Their ability to apply force is always greater than anything protestors can answer with. Better that the police, or at least their bosses be seen as violent rather than the OWS campers or their supporters.

    I'm not a passivest, but I am impressed by non-violence as a powerful moral political tool in the face of state violence.

    How do these OWS encampments deal with the almost certain state aggression? I hope non violently and with Unions, NGOs, and other Progressive Groups trying to protect Occupiers by engaging with local officials to protect and perpetuate the camps.

    The popularity of OWS and its proven ability to inspire is a pretty potent defense all its own.

    •  Even a non-violent response (3+ / 0-)

      to the police violence produces escalation and can bring in people not committed to non-violence. Case in point: the Oakland general strike.

      The situation is not static.

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        I saw protesters marching with a banner that read (and I paraphrase) "We will continue to peacefully protest until the regime is gone"

        I see these people continue to pour into the streets despite the thousands who have been shot or beaten to death by their government. I do not hear about them breaking windows of government offices.

        I think that generally those responsible for the vandalism and violence here in the Oakland are not dedicated to making the country better, they just get off on these actions.

        Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

        by kimoconnor on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:52:23 AM PST

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