13 December 2009

Violent Protest in Copenhagen?

Detained demonstrators lined up on a street in Copenhagen.
Photograph © Thibault Camus/AP.

This image is from The Guardian; it accompanied this report on the mass detention of protesters at the Copenhagen climate conference. Of course, there are press reports that protesters turned violent. But such reports need to be taken with a grain of salt. In the past, what violence there has been at political protests has largely consisted in police riots. For earlier posts on that theme have a look here. Alternatively, you might track down Rebecca Solnit's recent essay on the myths of "violent" protests starting with the 1999 anti-globalization demonstrations in Seattle.

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Blogger Public Squalor said...

Police riots misconstrued by the press in the interests of capital have a long history in the U.S., dating at least to the Haymarket Tragedy in 1886.

Maybe supporters of social justice should agitate for a national day of remembrance for those who've had the courage to stand up, only to succumb to state violence.

Now there's a holiday worth celebrating!

13 December, 2009 17:23  

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