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  •  The US police were out in full riot regalia for (9+ / 0-)

    OWS, used clubs, pepper spray, and pummelling to intimidate and discourage participation in the protests, all things they did not do with the Teabagger demonstrations because the baggers were open carrying guns in some cases.  Of course, the optics of pepper spraying the elderly on scooters would have been de classe, but going after the young and the elderly who agreed with them, well, that's just their job.
    Interesting to note that on the other side of the world our much vaunted freedom of speech and assembly looks pretty scuffed up.  That and all the data mining have certainly changed our image abroad.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:09:43 PM PDT

    •  judy - why would the police have bothered (1+ / 0-)
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      the Tea Party events? While it was not true for all cases on either side, the primary difference between the Tea Party rallies and the Occupy camps was that the Tea Party events were held on a single day, had met all the time, place, and manner restrictions imposed by the city, had permits, lavatory facilities, insurance, and professional security (often off duty local police). At the end of their rallies they performed the required cleanup and left the facilities as they found them. This was an intentional strategy by the Tea Party, who was funded in a manner that allowed for all these administrative functions and costs to be covered, and wanted to present themselves as clean cut, law abiding, citizens. The locations where they brought guns were open carry states and there was no violation of any laws by bringing the firearms. They followed all the rules and therefore had no negative encounters with law enforcement.

      Occupy, for the most part, took a different approach with long stays, and often not complying with local time, place and manner restrictions. That became the cause of their confrontations with law enforcement.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:38:06 AM PDT

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