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  •  These rights were notably absent (14+ / 0-)

    during Occupy in 2011-2012, and are now on public display again in a way that hasn't occurred since those protests.

    "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

    by David Harris Gershon on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:10:05 AM PDT

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      very much reminded, as far as the attitude, equipage of the police go.

      However, some aspects are much, much worse. More reminiscent of the 1960s. In terms of hiding officers' identities, the threats to would-be observers by police, the cover-ups (frankly, the Occupy officers never saw any need to cover much up, although they engaged in dirty tactics such as provocations, kettling, and of course scores of extra-legal arrests), the disturbing and ugly racial rhetoric ("thugs", "animals"), and the Zimmerman trial-esque character assassination and incitement.

      (Florida's coming off looking less bad this week which is amazing considering Atty General Pam Bondi and Gov Rick "I Take The Fifth" Scott were and are in charge for that whole farce. Pink Slip Rick and Gerrymander Gaetz never ordered tanks and shock troops on the Capitol when the Dream Defenders staged their sit-in last year.)

      •  I was in numerous 1960s protests. The police and (0+ / 0-)

        National Guard acted pretty much like they did in Ferguson. I was at one demo at the Justice Department in DC when the DC police opened up with pepper gas sprayers, which covered a two mile square area of downtown DC, causing chaos among shoppers and people going about their business.
            As recently as the RNC at St. Paul, the police were busting reporters and holding them under Minnesota's terrorism law.
           Extra legal arrests have been par for the course for a long time, too. Police in Tampa arrested demonstrators against President Bush when he visited USF. Afterward the demonstrators sued and the city settled. Simply settling false arrest suits is a price of doing business for cities now.
           At this point, with the local cops not in control of the streets, the authorities have no choice but to respond with increasing force. The National Guard isn't that wonderful as a police force but at least they have enough numbers that they might be able to shut down the protests and looting before more people are killed.

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