Friday, May 27, 2011

Why are camp-clearings always bad?

Barcelona this time. A hundred and twenty-one people injured when the police cleared a protest camp.

Police departments have had at least since 1932 -- much longer if you count things like the Paris Commune -- to learn ways of clearing protest encampments without unnecessary bloodshed and destruction. When police officials fail to learn from experience, continuing to issue orders that multiply harm in such circumstances, it must mean they view the harm as a goal.

Why is it a goal? No, not just generally the wish to teach a lesson. I mean, why exactly?

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