Is this getting any coverage at all?
What really happened in Trafalgar Square
Posted by Laurie Penny - 27 March 2011 16:22
Neither mindless nor violent, young protesters were forced into a stand-off with police.
A protestor waves a GMB union flag alongside an Egyptian flag from a statue in Trafalgar Square. Photograph: Getty Images.
"We’re fucked." says the young man in the hoodie, staring out through the police cordon of Trafalgar Square, towards parliament. "Who’s going to listen to us now?"
Is it me, or is there a rising tide of governments abusing their citizens around the world? There are the usual culprits, but it seems like it’s getting worse, even in the so-called “civilized” world. I don’t mean just riot police beating on protesters, either. I mean riot cops AND governments siding with corporations in situations where human rights are involved—like unions and collective bargaining. You can’t outlaw collective bargaining. Yet, it seems like that’s what some US state governments would like to do. Then there are the eminent domain cases that have been going around over the past decade or so, plus the odd double-standard the USG has with the idea of freedom versus our “allies” who oppress people (though this is nothing new, sadly).
So much to process these days. It’s damn hard to keep up… thoughts?