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BRUTALITY AND VICTORY

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“Within five minutes into the march, we were met with a line of riot police blocking the street in front of us and the right, and all of them had batons in hand. The front of the march took off to the left in a frantic sprint and everyone followed. This set the tone for the rest of the night, as we continued to try to out maneuver the police as we were trapped several times, and continually threatened with the stalking presence of riot police and mounted police officers. At one point to escape being kettled, we ran across the corner of a small garden then through a parking lot.

Never did we feel comfortable, tension and stress were consistently present, and the hot summer-like temperatures weren’t helping our endurance. Even when we were allowed (practically forced) to travel down certain streets due to blockades we were constantly surrounded and trapped at any given moment making an emergency escape for anyone impossible in case things got bad, but nonetheless we all did the only thing we could do: march and chant our asses off.

As the march came to Washington and State St. once again protesters found themselves trapped. Several times before and often the amorphous group was conflicted in which direction to go, and at times considered turning around and going back the way they came. This time though it seemed as if they had had enough. They came to exercise their first amendment right, had been intimidated and bullied and instead of trying to outmaneuver the police would try to move straight through the police line.

At that point a shoving match ensued, but the police quickly upped the ante and started swinging their batons, beating protesters. I quickly backed up to the sidewalk as I anticipated things getting bad. It didn’t take long for a woman to emerge from the crown bleeding from the head, with blood covering about half of her face.

David an occupier in Chicago

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Anonymous

I'm confused -- Is "victory" being defined here as getting one's skull cracked by the police? It seems to me that the NATO event took place without any interruption whatsoever, except for the poor people who had to deal with streets full of noisy protesters marching and fighting with the cops.

If this is what victory looks like - no effect on the object of the protest and protesters with their heads bashed in - then what, exactly, does failure look like?

Declaring "victory" and actually winning something are two very different things. Merely saying, Look ma! We won!" is *not* the same thing as really winning.

Getting your head bashed in for nothing is pretty the definition of losing, isn't it?

Anonymous

Hey, stop saying logical things! Thats frowned upon on this site. What are you, a cop or something?

Anonymous

Hey man, whadya mean? We won, man. They told me. We had a great time too, man, eksept my head hurts, man....

Anonymous

Good account, David. You and your fellow protestors gave a proper accounting of yourselves and on our behalves. Your instincts with the cops were correct. I'm glad and proud you're Occupy and that you'll be there to march again.

Anonymous

Well, ladies and gentleman, it has become blatantly and undeniably clear that if ever our governments were "for the people by the people" then certainly that fact has been completely reversed, altered, and subverted in, at the very least, the last 20 or so years.

And all we are left with are the questions about what structural inconsistencies existed that allowed this to happen and how those inconsistencies can be decerned, addressed, and remedied so that the situation we now find ourselves in does not recur in the future.

Of course we must concurrently now figure out how to get ourselves out of this mess in the first place.

Anonymous

In terms of the US, it probably happened long ago: When the district of Columbia was created in 1790. And then again when the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. Those two acts subverted the Constitution, made government by the people, for the people, basically impossible.

In terms of doing something about it, you have to have a population that is willing to stand up to its government, prepare to take back its government, then instigate direct democracy.

Until those three things happen, the economic and political situation will continue to deteriorate, which will lead to less civil rights, more monitoring, as the power structures attempt to take control and subvert dissent.

We're presently seeing a COINTELPRO 2.0 operation with OWS and Anonymous.

Anonymous

Wouldn't it be simpler and more ethical to focus on the Institution that actually kills and maims human beings, those agencies, troops and officers who actually do the physical work - in ways beholden to no moral law or treaty - of hunting down and terminating human beings who protest or object to their lands and resources being stolen? That's just the global side of the U.S. Military's daily activities. On the domestic side its police forces administer life-threatening blows and attempt to shut down peaceful protests. If we put the showdown off much longer, it will be a much greater challenge later on. And that's putting it mildly. Who goes first is less important than who can strike the blow that will compel others to join.

Anonymous

Also on the domestic side, it's important to remember the lands the U.S. Military stole from Native families and their nations and continue to illegitimately hold - and as usual these thefts had a lot of murders thrown in for practical effect. Add to it the large tracts of land the Military routinely 'appropriates' for its own use and you've got a genuine occupation by the Military of this country, as well.

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