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LIeutenant John Pike walks up and down the line spraying students in the face

Look at this Wikipedia report, or google “deaths from pepper spray” and click on a few links.

Then watch – you really should – this truly shocking footage of police in California ruthlessly using pepper spray on sitting, peaceful, non violent protestors.

(Courtesy of Yahoo7)

Then reflect on the fact that any of of these protestors – you, a friend, your son or daughter, wife, husband, brother or sister – could die, for sitting in a road. For expressing a widely held opinion in a peaceful manner. For standing up for what they believe in.

Then remember that this is not footage of the violence used to counter the civil disobedience of the 1960s which aimed to racially de-segregate America, although it appears these thugs of policement have learned nothing in the last fifty years, and nor has the country.

Remember also, this is in happening in what is supposed to be the world’s greatest democracy.

Then reflect on the fact that equally violent scenes have been seen in many other places around the world, including my home of Melbourne, Australia.

We are on the slippery slope, and fascism lies at the bottom of it. This lunacy MUST stop, or these protests will go underground and turn violent, as in the late 60s and 70s. The Weathermen. Baader-Meinhoff. Wreaking havoc, and provoking yet more repressive responses.

So: any ideas on how to explain to these blockhead police and their political-economic masters that these people are behaving in line with the truest traditions of what we are actually supposed to value in the West? The very principles of free association, free speech, and the right to protest that their friends and siblings go to war and die to protect?

Your thoughts on how to stop this before it gets worse – or someone gets killed?

Oh, and if you’re a policeman reading this – or one of their masters – listen to what the crowd is chanting.

“Shame on you.” And more importantly, “The whole world’s watching.”

This may well be the “Kent State” moment of the whole “Occupy” movement. Well did Gandhi say “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Yes, we are watching. And we will remember. We know you are: did you expect, as you walked forward, Lieutenant John Pike, that you were about to become one of the most loathed and castigated individuals on the planet? Or did your colleagues?

Be warned: those using violence to break up peaceful democratic protest will be brought to account, sooner or later. Syria. Libya. Egypt. And now California. Only the degree of violence is different – until, of course, one of these young people dies.