|Forcibly Evicted from Zuccotti Park in the Dead of Night
||[Nov. 15th, 2011|09:20 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
On the one hand, this is what civil disobedience is all about. It's not just about breaking the law, it's also about being arrested for it in order to draw attention to the injustice of the matter. Arrest me for sitting at the wrong lunch counter. Arrest me for not sitting at the back of the bus. Arrest me for a public sit-in over financial and political inequalities.
On the other hand, a middle of the night eviction by the riot police? Reporters forcibly barred from the scene, accosted, or, as was the case with one New York Post reporter, put in a choke hold by police? A city councilman hospitalized with police-induced head injuries? Reports of tear gas, pepper spray, and beatings? Tens of thousands of private property items belonging to the protestors--including medication and over 5,000 books--trashed or destroyed by the police? It's counterproductive. In fact, it will only sway public opinion toward the protestors and away from the cops.
Remember when those mounted policemen rode into Cairo's Tahrir Square, guns blazing and swords swinging? Didn't work out too well for them, either. But sometimes it seems like those in power just never learn. They make the same mistakes over and over again.