Lying Media Bastards on protestors in France forcing the government to back down.
I’d like to point out that if the students had just held peaceful rallies opposing the CPE, they would not have won. Period. American activists prefer calm, peaceful, legal actions, and we usually lose.
If Americans had lashed out like this in 2003, would 34,000 Iraqis still be alive today?
France has a history, going back for centuries, of taking to the streets. They are second only to South Korea, I think, in the ferocity and organization of their street demonstrations. Plus, in both cases, the demonstrators have major support from the populace and are able to turn out in huge numbers.
The nonviolent civil disobedience protests of the 60’s were ‘illegal,’ yet grabbed the attention of the nation and built the civil rights movement. They eventually won, and won big.
An organizer here in the States can’t call for, or even imply, anything but peaceful actions. They’d no doubt be indicted if they did otherwise. Nor would such tactics be effective. But as to raising a ruckus, I agree completely. The louder, the better.