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today's protesters

Posted by profoundtruths on 2010.02.12 at 22:03

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the green bastard...
seymour_glass at 2010-02-13 08:06 (UTC) (Link)
you know it's a tough one...i certainly don't agree with harassing kids...they have to make their own minds up, their own decisions and have their own experiences...that would include both bad and good i suppose...we are still pretty insulated here, even a "bad" protest here is nothing like france or the third world...and it's getting to the point here people are starting to feel like they have little or nothing to lose...which i know you totally appreciate by the work you do...and when that starts happening they are willing to go much further out on the limb...i can't condone the yelling at the kids...that's somewhat out of bounds in my estimation...but you know i think when your particular kids look back on it in a few years they will probably understand where those guys were coming from, whether or not they were justified in those particular actions...the unmitigated greed of the games is pretty ugly and it will likely beget some ugly consequences...lucky for us generally our ugly consequences are mild in the grand scheme...
blueberry
profoundtruths at 2010-02-13 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
I really hope so, I do feel like a lot of work I've done to get the kids to see the point in protest - and my kids are conservative in nature, they don't like to rock the boat and they don't like to draw attention and they certainly don't like to do something *wrong*. So when they see protesters doing something that scares them and when they are being targeted by them. It has an effect; hopefully over time they do see that this is how *not* to protest and that this guy is just an asshole.
the green bastard...
seymour_glass at 2010-02-13 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
it's funny i'm really struggling on this one...on one hand i believe in protest very strongly...and i understand that most great gains in this country have come from very violent confrontation, the winnipeg general strike, the gastown riots, etc...canada is historically a land of peace and on the other hand protest when the fight is righteous enough...but i draw the lines at children and innocent bystanders...property damage against corporations i can understand...facing off against and challenging authorities as well...i will wait and see the whole story...there is a lot of rumour and hype along the way...like dmitri soudas claiming the insite protesters sealed the chinese community centre shut and libby davies was behind it...the right knows very well that you can get any lie out there and people will listen to the original story...even if you correct it very few people listen to the correction...i will keep an open mind for now and see how it plays out...
blueberry
profoundtruths at 2010-02-13 22:56 (UTC) (Link)
One of the moms that was at a different place than boi told me today that a protester was screaming at the Kindergarten teacher in front of all her students, "your teaching these children fucking bullshit" and things like that. That was why the kindergartens went in crying. So it was beyond one dick, there were apparently quite a few militants that were engaging in targeting the kids. One of my girls actually had nightmares about what happened yesterday.
the green bastard...
seymour_glass at 2010-02-14 07:20 (UTC) (Link)
well again i don't condone or support that...but that's always the problem...you get those few dickheads like today that give the peaceful protesters a bad name...and then you have others wanting vigilante justice and someone is bound to get hurt...and it will be the wrong person...then again it will be interesting to see if things are mellow on the granville strip tonight with all those drinkers in one place...
blueberry
profoundtruths at 2010-02-14 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
That's actually something that I was wondering about. You get some drunk pro-olympic frat boy types against a group of these thug "protesters" - it could get bad at some point.
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