“It is of course irresponsible to paint all law enforcement officers with the same repressive brush, for the mentality of expected violence from otherwise peaceful protestors must be directed by the policies and conditioning of command…”
As the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations, financial institution bigwigs and other notaries met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week for the G20 Summit, to discuss what amounts to their direction for the globe, protestors clashed with police and were met with seemingly extreme prejudice. Violence during demonstrations is nothing new, having been a fixture of the American cultural landscape for many decades. But in this age of digital revolution, authorities no longer have any place to hide from their savage actions.
An estimated 4,000 police, state troopers, secret service and national guardsmen entered Pittsburgh for the summit. Reports of police violence above and beyond the norm received widespread attention on the internet during the past week. Police were said to have acted without provocation, utilising tear gas and even relatively-unknown sonar weapon technology. Those on the scene reported that police moved into the area of Schenley Plaza near the University of Pittsburgh and began to forcefully remove demonstrators. As more people gathered to see what was happening, the police became increasingly agitated and violence ensued.
Students at Pittsburgh University told independent news services that police chased students onto the campus grounds and even into dormitories. One group was reportedly trapped in a stairwell and repeatedly gassed by the riot police outside. To my knowledge, no one was killed – but the actions of police reek of a mental disposition towards all protestors as being that of treasonous dissidents. If the majority of protestors had gathered for a peaceful demonstration according to their rights secured in the Constitution, the actions of police speak volumes for the future of the country. To some, it is a case of law enforcement acting on the orders of those attending the G20 summit, and then receiving the gloss treatment from the media owned by the very people controlling those attending the summit – leaving ample debate for the continuation and sustainability of the much revered freedom of speech.
It is of course irresponsible to paint all law enforcement officers with the same repressive brush, for the mentality of expected violence from otherwise peaceful protestors must be directed by the policies and conditioning of command. Unlike some instances, the blame for the violence during the protests in Pittsburgh were not pointed at outside influences, or “agents provocateur” – those enlisted by (or operating for) unknown sources to enter the throng of mostly peaceful protestors and incite violence, leading to a brutal response from police. Researchers point to COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) run by the FBI from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, and suspected splinter programs still operating today as being the root cause of all protest violence witnessed and sold by the mainstream media, and also for the infiltration of student organizations on campus and, in some cases, initiating the very student groups they eventually act to discredit. But during the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the violence was attributed solely at overzealous authorities.
Below is footage of a young couple being set upon by police in Pittsburgh. Whilst the young lady in the video is clearly agitated, provocation for the police response is not evident (although, we have no idea of her words directed at police). The footage was among many uploaded to YouTube and other sites on the web. Bail Out The People Movement (BOPM) also began a petition to demand the release of the 150 people detained by authorities during the G20 Summit.
by Max Drake