I really dislike watching videos like this. I think there is a right way to protest, and a wrong way to protest. The video, to me, is the wrong way to
Here are some things I dislike: first of all, he warns the group at the very beginning that they're going to be arrested if they start dancing. He was
very polite and straightforward about this, was he not? The fact that they proceeded to dance anyway just shows that they were looking for trouble and
trying to make a scene. Again, I believe there is a right and a wrong way to protest. If you just blatantly defy authority with no fear of
retaliation, then authority doesn't have any power at all, do they?
Next, a couple of the people that got arrested were roughed up a little bit. On the surface, that's a little bit frightening and disturbing. But look
at it a little bit closer:
- as the cop tries to arrest the skinny guy in the white shirt (not Adam, the other guy), his friend comes up and starts pulling him away
are the people replying to this topic just ignoring that? Of course the cops are going to get rough if someone comes in and start intervening with an
arrest. That's way out of line, and that guy was way overstepping his boundary as a protester.
- speaking of the guy that tried to pull his buddy away (he was wearing a brown shirt). I find it funny that, as he's face down on the ground and
repeatedly told to put his hands behind his back (demands which he is blatantly ignoring), he makes the claim "I'm not resisting". Get real, dude.
- lastly, Adam was body slammed... However, it is abundantly clear to me that was attempting to instigate something like that. Yes, he throws his
hands up in the air in an "I give up" fashion to look innocent of all wrongdoing. However, at the same time, he is blatantly ignoring the cops demands
to get down on his knees. I think this is one of those situations where he's using his physical strength to keep himself upright while the police
officer is trying to push him to the ground. It's subtle -- it's not necessarily obvious, but I think that's why the cop reacted the way he did,
because Adam was clearly just blatantly ignoring him in a display of defiance. The copy didn't bodyslam him because he's a testosterone-driven meat
head, he did it because Adam was resisting.
I want to address one more issue here. What I continually see in videos like this are these protesters asking cops, "what law am I breaking,
specifically?" That's such an obnoxious and misleading thing to say. I mean, yeah, in theory that statement is pretty intriguing and makes you really
think. "Wow, how can they enforce these laws if they don't even know what they are?" But knowing what's illegal
and knowing the exact law
that deems something illegal
are two separate things, and expecting a professional to know the latter off of the top of their head is simply
idealistic, not realistic. You go into the office of any professional and I guarantee you you'll see bookshelf of stacks and stacks of books relative
to their field. People can generally remember the basic concepts behind things, but often need to brush up now and then to get the exact details. I
know at the store I worked at I know basically all of the rules and guidelines, but I couldn't tell you that I couldn't do "X" because it was
explicitly stated in "Policy and Procedure X.YY".
Ultimately, what good came from this protest? By doing this and causing such a stir (especially the last few arrests, which clearly resulted in a lot
of resistance) they had the entire monument shut down and ruined it for all of the other tourists there.
I know that ATS is a very anti-government-oriented site and whatnot and by making this post I'll be accused of being a mindless sheep that's letting
the government strip me of my rights! I try to be remain objective with everything I see here. Sometimes I'm sympathetic, but this is one of the times
that I'm simply not.
*prepares massive flame shield for the onslaught of "you're just another one of them sheeple" / "oh look, a disinfo agent" posts*
29-5-2011 by expo15 because: (no reason given)