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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:22 PM
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Melbourne Tent Monsters, violently stripped to bra and panties
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 11:57 PM by Fire Walk With Me
 
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Liberty Victoria Condemns Police Action
At Occupy Melbourne Protest

6 December 2011

Liberty Victoria today condemned police interference with Occupy Melbourne demonstrators in the Flagstaff Gardens this morning, 6 December 2011.

At approximately 8.30 am, several police officers approached a female demonstrator who was wearing a small tent.

This appeared to be the demonstrators way of protesting against an instruction by Melbourne City Council that no tents should be permitted in the Gardens.

The police action, which was captured on a cell phone and posted on Youtube, shows a Council officer demanding that the demonstrator remove the tent. She refused, saying that the tent was her clothing.

Upon this refusal five police officers began cutting the tent away from the demonstrator. This action involved the use of considerable force and continued despite the demonstrators refusal to consent to the forcible disrobing.

Finally, the tent was removed, leaving the demonstrator in only her underwear
and in full public view.

Liberty President, Professor Spencer Zifcak, said that if this bodily violation werent so serious, it would be ridiculous.

It is serious because it is unlawful, it is ridiculous because it is so unnecessary.

The police action is in clear violation of the right to freedom of speech and assembly as protected in Victorias Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

It is unconstitutional as it is in breach of the Australian Constitutions protection of the freedom of public and political communication.

The use of excessive force by several police to disrobe a person plainly engaged in political protest is also deeply to be regretted, quite apart from being profoundly embarrassing to the person concerned.

Liberty requests that the Melbourne City Council and the Chief Commissioner of Police launch an immediate inquiry into the matter, the findings of which should be made publicly available.


For further comment please contact:

Professor Spencer Zifcak
President, Liberty Victoria

Ph. 0417 490110

Please note that Professor Zifcak will be unavailable for comment on the morning of December 7. In his absence please contact:

Ms Anne ORourke
Vice-President, Liberty Victoria

0409 334581

http://www.libertyvictoria.org/

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Occupy Melbourne
Comment on Police Victoria page. Be respectful, don't stoop to their level.

Ask for them to stop listening to Dictator Doyle before they get in more trouble.

Click share if you care.

https://www.facebook.com/victoriapolice/posts/230518127020331?notif_t=feed_comment

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Thank you to DUer Matilda for the heads up on this in GD.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:46 PM
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1. They really lack a sense of humor
Really.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:54 PM
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2. That, and much worse, must be a job requirement. I am utterly livid about this.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:10 AM
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52. No, they lack any sense at all.

Seriously, fascist have no imagination.

The footsoldiers have no sense.

The world has gone Spaceballs.


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wundermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:59 PM
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3. I do believe a precedent of police action has been established.
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 12:03 AM by wundermaus
Time to test the legality of police assaulting and stripping citizens while conducting peaceful protest in court with a thousand tent dress cases.
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:10 PM
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22. Absolutly...this must be pursued vigorously in cort.
If they can get by with this then there is nothing that they can't get buy with.
And I saw that someone in another thread say that one should not mess with Aussie women...they are free spirited and tough...this proves it.
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Fantastic Anarchist Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:32 PM
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36. They should have declared the cops' clothing as unacceptable ...
... and proceeded to strip them of the offending clothing.
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napoleon_in_rags Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:04 AM
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4. "How would you feel if it were your mother in there?" Man I respect Australians.
Courage, beauty boldness. You guys inspire us all, rock on Occupy Australia. :yourock:
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citizen blues Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:06 PM
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26. How would you feel if it were you daughter in there?
May have been a more accurate question given the age of the young woman and the ages of the cops.

Like other Americans on here, I immediately noticed the cops weren't in full riot gear too. Perhaps the Australian police haven't been militarized as heavily as the American ones have. Still, I've always considered Australia to be more civilized than the US in many ways. For this to happen anywhere, but especially to have come out of Australia, is deeply disturbing.
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edgineered Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:07 AM
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5. The horror captured is beyond words - however, in the land of the free the footage would be taken
and used against those recording the poliSSe assault in court. No doubt this will be on Faux as a triumph. Who can now boast we are truly the freest country?

Every one of those bastards should face multiple charges - after clearly and repeatedly stating her condition of undress, her statements were shown to be true at the onset of the attack. It is despicable and criminal.

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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:14 AM
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6. K&R
This is totally fucking unacceptable. It was a funny, silly stunt. What harm was she doing? How does she deserve this type of treatment? In what kind of world does this happen? :grr:
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:18 AM
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7. I hate it when I'm right.....
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:26 AM
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8. Yep.
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edgineered Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:15 AM
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9. Total understanding by you DeSwiss - nt
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:15 PM
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24. you sure were.
I guess you do understand the authoritarian mindset.
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Boudica the Lyoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:39 AM
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10. Disgusting behavior by the police!
I guess the whole free world is finding out it's not really free after all.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:43 AM
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11. The Victorian Police are certainly getting an earful on their FB page.
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edgineered Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 03:18 AM
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12. Just visited FB and gleaned this gem:
A few minutes ago this comment was made:

Ashley Walters
Congratulations on joining the USA in their path to full police-statehood. Congratulations on bringing more attention to the Occupy movement and to the widespread police brutality now occurring on a daily basis.

Would a prison designed in the shape of Ellis Island and its statue help the general population to understand our freedoms? Oh, forget it, I give up (don't).
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:17 PM
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41. That's what we need -- Facebook pages for our police/Mayor/Kelly, etal --- !!
Great idea!!

We all need to see what we are actually saying to those pushing protesters around --

and much, much worse --

Immense brutality towards protesters here in states!!


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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:27 PM
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45. I posted three YouTubes, and they deleted two already
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 08:30 PM by L. Coyote
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Magoo48 Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:26 AM
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13. What would they do if 1000 people were dressed in tents?
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:52 AM
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14. This would NEVER happen in America!
In America, The tent, the girl's clothes if you will, would have been removed but the similarities end there...The girl would have been charged with numerous crimes to include indecent exposure...The guy screaming "SHAME!" would have been beat to the ground, pepper sprayed &/or tazzed then arrested! Those close & especially filming would have been pepper sprayed, tazzed & arrested as well. Clearly Australia's law enforcement is more passive than America's by leaps & bounds!!
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:25 AM
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15. This is the new world order,
the wet dream of the Bush cartel. When people are assaulted and stripped of their rights and clothing for protesting corporate corruption supported by corrupt political leaders by those protecting the most corrupt among us they have created a powder keg looking for a fuse. At least the police weren't dressed like the Gestapo as in the United States, but that's probably coming to Australia too.
Where are the teabaggers with their assault rifles now?
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unionworks Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:27 AM
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16. Well said k&r
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 09:29 AM by unionworks
Leave it to the cops to turn something fun and zany into something horrible and ugly. It is the NWO alright.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:34 AM
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20. LOL!! You got that right!
Where ARE the teabaggers with their assault rifles and their DON'T TREAD ON ME! flags????????? :crazy: Oh! That's Right - the police carry weapons - they must be the smart ones! :crazy:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:23 PM
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43. +1,000. But the teabaggers are there, abusing the protestors. No other way around it.
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unionworks Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 09:44 AM
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17. sometimes
I start to feel like change is no longer possible. I would advise anyone who is young enough and has the means to do it to get the hell out of the United States. I hear Canada is still sane. It is extremely disturbing to see this in Australia. It supports the NWO theory. I also find that it brings back horrible memories of the Vietnam era to see America acting out violently against her best, brightest and most idealistic young people. I've seen it before. The phrase "pearls before swine" comes to mind. The song "Wooden Ships" by Crosby Stills and Nash still rings true - "We are leaving, you don't need us"
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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:07 AM
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18. So they fumed because they were made fun of in the last video
and came back to teach this girl a lesson. The OWS protests are making me come to the conclusion that cops are criminals with badges.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:20 PM
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42. Exactly -- !! Public will remember the wonderful Jumping Tents and the spirit of OWS .....
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 08:21 PM by defendandprotect
as they will also remember this petty and very aggressive response from

the police!

Disgusting!


What's that old expression .... "Nailing a butterfly to the wall" -- ???

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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:34 AM
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19. Outrage aside,
the tent-is-clothing idea is brilliant!
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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:36 AM
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21. Respect the police
When the police decide to be the tools of the 1% who are criminals they are just as guilty as the 1% criminals who steal trillions. Until the police stand up individually and refuse to follow unlawful orders given to them to enforce political goals they are not brave but they are cowards.

It's your choice, police. Stand up for principle or be a tool for those who use you to commit unlawful acts. When the political overlords know they can get the police to commit crimes on their behalf they will not stop until civilized society is a dictatorship led by those who make up the rules as they go along.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:15 PM
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27. +1. the police are no longer "respectable"
Their financial situation may make them part of the 99%. But it rapidly becomes clear that police forces are not full of respectable, well intentioned people, occasionally spoiled by the unavoidable "bad apple", making them look bad.

There are those bad apples to be sure. But what you can clearly see in video after video, account after account, is every other rank and file policeman 1: not preventing violence and assault by their piers before it happens. 2: not stopping violence and assualts as they happen 3: not removing bad apples from the situation after the assaults happen 4: not arresting those who commit assaults and violence after witnessing it.

Not in a single one of the instances has any one of those things happened. Which tells me that the police are fully complicit with ANY action, no matter how wrong, that another officer may undertake. And that is flat wrong, as well as not at all respectable. You don't have to be a mob enforcer to be in the mob, but being there you do support every illegal action they may take, up to and including murder. Being a police person has become the same thing.
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unionworks Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 01:49 PM
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28. The cops in WI
were protecting the protesters. Sweeping generalizations are usually wrong, though I can understand the outrage after seeing this, as I feel it myself.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:39 PM
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33. Its less to do with this video
than all the others. Berkley, Davis, Oakland, Portland, Boston, DC, Seattle, and the list grows from there.

Wi seems to be the rare exception.

I do not trust the police anymore. I have begun to believe that the whole institution is corrupt. They appear to me to be far more physically dangerous to the general public than any other gang or organization in our country.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:14 PM
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23. Welcome to WW III
It isn't a war between countries. It is a war OF countries against their own oligarchies. Welcome.

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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 12:17 PM
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25. That is so wrong.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 03:45 PM
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29. If this does not make it abundantly clear of a new world order
who's junk yard dogs are the police...for some it is just not gettable.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:40 PM
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30. Forcibly stripping people in pubic is sexual assault in my opinion. nt
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:47 PM
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31. FIRE them all and relieve them of their pensions, and
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 05:47 PM by L. Coyote
let them keep their shorts :rofl:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:24 PM
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44. I saw what you did there...LOL.
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W T F Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:56 PM
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32. It wasn't being used as a tent. It was being used as a clothing but regardless.........
If they thought she was breaking the law, Why didn't they just arrest her and charge her with erecting a tent in the park and let the courts decide? The police now think they are Judge, Jury and Executioner.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:45 PM
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37. It was not different than many Halloween costumes--clearly an "outfit." n
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:27 PM
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46. Great idea for Halloween -- !!! That and Police Officer SPRAYING Pepper Spray -- !!
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lb rox Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:15 PM
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34. Totally inappropriate!!
I'll bet every one of their teeny tiny little phalluses were engorged and throbbing as they group-ravaged that gorgeous redhead.
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Fantastic Anarchist Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:30 PM
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35. When those in authority perceive that you are not sufficiently servile ...
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 07:31 PM by Fantastic Anarchist
... then they get even more authoritarian.

Fucking bastards. I hope they rot in jail and are convicted for sexual assault. I am inspired, though, by how the protester's stood in those fascists' faces.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:30 PM
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47. It's the elite spirit of domination which shines thru -- a sign of where we're going !!
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Fantastic Anarchist Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:35 PM
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49. It really is amazing when the more they flex their muscle ...
... the stronger we get!

:D
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:59 PM
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38. Interesting post exchange on one world news site I read:
Edited on Tue Dec-06-11 08:00 PM by tblue37
Kath-2789825
Police earlier told the Sun Herald that they warned protesters that if they chose not to wear clothes under the tents, they would be given time to dress before the costumes were seized.

Three of four protesters cooperated, police said.

van-1120261
The police in China told people not to step out in front of a tank when they are marching. 1,999,999,999 billions complied, only 1 dude didn't.

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:32 PM
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48. +1 -- And we know who the world remembered ... !! Tent idea was brilliant -- !!!
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Fantastic Anarchist Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:36 PM
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50. Holy snap ...
Superb rejoinder!

:toast: to van
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:39 PM
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51. Yeah--I thought so , too! nt
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:12 PM
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39. I noticed a "professor" objects. Why do thug criminal brute cops always trump intellect?
Oh yeah, because we're in a fucked up world, where we are servile and complacent enough to brush away what is right, and intelligent, while the lowest vile scum are our masters and strip us of everything including clothes. Who orders them, the 1% as well as some other sick minds who know no better.
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Huey P. Long Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:15 PM
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40. kr!
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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:15 AM
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53. ACAB
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 12:26 AM by stockholmer
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:30 AM
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54. That incident is begging for a lawsuit, they had no right to strip her costume off.
Thanks for the thread, Fire Walk With Me.
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