posted on Aug, 24 2008 @ 05:24 PM
reply to post by LateApexer313
Unfortunately the tactics used by certain, eh, "factions" of extreme protest groups are exactly that - extreme. Taking Black Blocs as an example:
they demonstrated their anti-capitalism beliefs at the Seattle WTO protests by damaging chain stores. I believe Starbucks was one of the stores
damaged, so think along those terms.
In my opinion, I think there's a healthy number of Bloc'ers who are silly college kids that have no idea why
they're protesting or what
they're protesting against. They just do it for the thrill, or to feel like they belong. This is likely the type we see on TV. There are plenty,
though, who passionately believe in anarchy, anti-capitalism, anti-globalism, and they're willing to break the law to make their point.
I'm not saying that I agree with their beliefs or the way they go about expressing them, but there are plenty who are completely serious about what
The above, of course, excludes undercover or planted police/government agents that
join in the protests
to either make arrest easier or to, *ahem*,
"encourage" illegal activity.