Friday, October 21, 2011

Replay of Chicago 1968 brewing?

This doesn't just border on the absurd; it dashes across the line.

It's happening in Oz, too. Melbourne police pile on.

This is really coming across as the public security forces being used as a front for the bankers. I don't know what the authorities ordering this are thinking, but if they think that are going to make this just go away, they are going to be disappointed. Using state violence to suppress dissent just acts against their interests, as escalating events around the world are proving.

If this is their attempt to inspire "confidence," they are doing just the opposite.


John Zelnicker said...

Tom -- Or a replay of Kent State, 1970?

Tom Hickey said...

That's always a danger, John. In addition, the domestic security forces have been militarized since then, so the threat is compounded.

Chewitup said...

The late Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley in 1968 said, "The police are not here to create disorder, the police are here to preserve disorder."
OWS in Boston has been fairly orderly. Police tolerance varies greatly depending on geography and local politics. Many police are ex-military. As long as protesters keep reasonable, it should go well. The message is resonating.