Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 26, 2011, 12:41 a.m. EST by IOA
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I was actually permabanned in the IRC for suggesting this idea (which makes me really think what kind of people you are...), but here's my idea.
You're doing it all wrong.
You should all be civilly disobedient. Not violent. Do you know why 80+ people were arrested on Wall Street? Not because of inhumanely brutal cops - it's actually because your protesters aren't properly informed of how they should perform civil disobedience.
It's hard to tell from videos, but most of the time you either 1.) don't know what provoked the fight because most people only point their cameras somewhere when something big is going on, and 2.) the person being apprehended actually broke the law somehow and is being rightfully punished.
What's hard for the protesters to accept, is that they actually /don't/ have all the rights they think they do. As they pool into the streets and act unruly (...disorderly conduct), they are actually potentially breaking several laws. You can't block streets like that, and if a cop orders you to get onto the sidewalk, you would be directly disobeying an order from an officer; thus, if you continue to stand there, you get arrested for not complying with orders. If a cop confronts you and you start making sudden, quick gestures with your hands, the cops have every right to tackle you down over it. Have you ever been pulled over? If you do so much as to even reach for a sip of water in your cup holder, the cop can only assume you're reaching for a gun. Same thing here: The cop can only assume you're about to whale on him.
What really compounds the issue is that, once people realize they're being apprehended, they flip out and start resisting arrest, which is really the worst thing they can do. It's another charge to deal with and another thing that really takes credit away from your movement.
So basically what I'm saying is, start educating your protesters with proper civil disobedience tactics. They should familiarize themselves with local laws and regulations (i.e., don't block traffic like a dumbass, don't use megaphones, etc.), and comply with all police orders. That way, they literally can't arrest you for just standing on the sidewalk minding your own business. The only time arrests have been made is when somebody acts in a threatening manner or disobeys police orders. If you don't give them a reason to cuff you, they legally can't.
So that's that, you guys are doing it wrong. No need to ban me for giving you suggestions (Buddha or whatever your name is). Smarten up, you'll need it out there.