where do you the draw the line on protest vs riot? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Snortwood
    • 25.06.12 | 23:48 (IDT)

    "Protesters said the police used excessive violence to disperse the demonstration, in which activists blocked major streets and highways and broke into branches of Hapoalim, Leumi and Discount banks." Israelis have legitimate complaints - gathering in a forum to voice those is acceptable, so long as violence is not a planned tactic. But you have the problem of every large crowd without a central point of reference that actions are perceived to be anonymous, and there are hooligans everywhere who attempt to take advantage of that. Police are expected to intervene where social protest leaves non-violence behind and turns into a riot. Managing that without losing one's cool is difficult all around the world. Knee jerk comparisons to Arab tyrants is neither accurate nor helpful to the discussion.

    from the article: Israel Police mishandled arrests during Tel Aviv social protest, sources say
    First published 22:13 25.06.12 | Last updated 22:13 25.06.12
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