The images of the UC Davis student getting pepper sprayed
gave me flashbacks to the
pictures I saw about the 1960s civil rights movement in the US.
photo by charles moore
Huffpost - Woman in Portland pepper
Huffpost - 84 y.o. woman pepper sprayed
The pepper spray appears to be the new fire hose, and here is someone who agrees:
Pepper Spray is the New Fire Hose - Daily Kos
It's not just the pepper spraying, its the occupation of an area you aren't supposed to occupy. Much like the Black American protesters of the
50s-60s, the OWS protesters are occupying areas they haven't been approved to occupy.
Blood in the streets of New York
It's looks like a very ugly situation now, but one day we may look at the OWS photographs much as we look at those iconic photos of the Civil Rights
movement in the US.
Recently, on other websites I've read comments posted about the OWS protesters blocking 'right of ways' and not moving 'when they were told to
move' and thus they have brought this upon themselves.
Regarding that notion I have this to say:
Yes, they are taking personal responsibility for their actions, they can pretty much expect to be treated in this predictable fashion, with clubs,
pepper spray and being arrested. Just as it was expected back in the 1960's, but they went ahead with the protest because it's just that important
Protesting is nothing new and it's necessary for growth, but the only thing I can't figure out is what is the OWS end game? I pretty much understand
the major areas they are protesting against
, but what are they protesting for
When does the protesting end? Does it ever end?
Thank you for your time,