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  •  Not trying to prove anything. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not against a legitimate protest for or against a cause that enough people feel strongly enough about to get out and show the colors but I strongly oppose violence for it's own sake.  I live in the state capital and we have dozens of peaceful protests a year.  I've been to my share and good for everybody who joins in.  

    Anarchist don't try to prove anything which is pretty much the nature of anarchy.  Seattle is one of the most progressive cities in the nation, as is Olympia where I live.  Why do they do this crap here?  If the programs is disruption, why not disrupt  Alabama or Texas or Arizona or any other red state.  The NW isn't nirvana but meaningless violence isn't going to make us anymore blue.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:22:44 AM PDT

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    •  Actually (1+ / 0-)
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      If it weren't for real anarchists (not kids with angst who romanticize anarchism) there wouldn't be a Mayday (International Worker's Day).

      Read your history:

      As I wrote in another post:

      Anarchists (real ones)

      marched in Portland with nary a problem. No violence reported. I was there.

      For every so-called "anarchist" kid (if that is really what they are and not just kids with angst who like the sound of the word) who wants to stand up to police violence (remember, the police have the real weapons, not the kids) there are many, many times more anarchists who peacefully participate.

      Be careful with that broad brush. You'll get paint everywhere, on everyone. And please don't do what they did in Chicago, when they rounded up eight innocent people with an anarchist labor movement history and framed them for murder and hanged them just because they were anarchists.

      If you want to point fingers of blame, take a good hard look at the history of police murder and violence in the suppression of protesters.

      If it weren't for anarchists, there would not be an International Worker's Day.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:40:01 AM PDT

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      •  I agree ZhenRen (0+ / 0-)

        I did paint with a pretty broad bush. However I still think that most of the participants in Seattle, even those who are nonviolent, aren't seriously trying to make a point. They know what is going to happen.

        I totally agree with you about the police, and not just in regard to labor protests. I have never had a good interaction with a police officer and my interactions have been as a victim or just asking a question about directions, etc.   Cops are generally all about cops. I'm sure there are some exceptions, but I haven't met them.

        Be well, ~*-:¦:-jennybravo-:¦:-*~

        by jennybravo on Thu May 02, 2013 at 11:58:07 AM PDT

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