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November 20th, 2011


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08:51 am - The discipline of silence
You may have seen the viral video of police pepper-spraying non-resisting OWS protesters at UC Davis (I think that's in San Diego?). It's shocking and disgusting.

This is the way the protesters reacted to the Chancellor of the University - who had called in the cops - as she left the building. If you haven't time to watch the video, they stand in complete silence as she walks to her car. The video I have linked to is entitled 'Walk of shame'.

It is extremely powerful and shows impressive discipline by the young people. This is a tactic I would like to see used in this country. I think it is more powerful that any shouted slogan. When coalition politicians come to visit an area we should simply stand in silence, and mutely watch them walk. No attacks. Nothing thrown. Everywhere they go, people standing in silence. I applaud the younger generation for their intelligence and self-command.

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From:decemberleaf
Date:November 20th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
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"I think it is more powerful than any shouted slogan." Yes.
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From:communicator
Date:November 21st, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
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That horrible man. He's obviously massively pleased with himself. Yuck.
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From:lexica510
Date:November 21st, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
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One comment I saw on this said (misquoted from memory) "Say what? If you take Quaker nonviolent resistance training they teach you that sitting down with linked arms is the least threatening and least hostile action protesters can take, and the best way to defuse hostility! It's the definition of nonviolent resistance!"
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From:tehomet
Date:November 22nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
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The Quakers have nonviolent resistance training? How awesome is that?!

And also: yeah, that type of protesting is the definition of non-violence.
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From:happytune
Date:November 20th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Wow. What impressive young people. Gives me hope.
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From:communicator
Date:November 21st, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
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Yes, me too. I think they have learned a lot since we used to protest. It gives the lie to the idea that protesters are a rabble.
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:November 20th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Powerful, impressive and can't be hijacked by agents provocateur.
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From:communicator
Date:November 21st, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
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I think that is very important. I think police agents are a real issue at the moment. Well, we have had a few exposed lately.
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From:tehomet
Date:November 22nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
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More power to 'em.
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From:communicator
Date:November 23rd, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
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Have you seen the meme where the image of the policeman - he's called Pike - is photoshopped onto Artworks, like Guernica?

Ah, just Googled it. Here's the Guernica one

http://cdn.openculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/guernica-spray1.jpg

I think it's a good subversive meme
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From:tehomet
Date:November 23rd, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes, on the Guardian website (from which I frequently have to be surgically removed) this morning, but thank you for the link, nonetheless. :) It is good, mocking an oppressor is a good way to cut them down to size.

Did you see that the Occupy camp in Bristol has a wishlist on Amazon? Clever blighters.

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