Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tactics destined to backfire

Local blogger Newscoma reacts to the overnight raid of Occupy Wall Street by NYPD:

So when police officers go into War Memorial Plaza in Nashville in the middle of the night or more recently last night's arrests, which I find to be more than shady, do they not understand that people are tweeting and posting from their phones on social media sites? ....

What happens when you go and make arrests in the middle of the night is that you reinvigorate that which you are trying to disband. And as I said a couple of weeks ago, it was bad PR when Haslam did it, and it's bad PR when other elected officials do it ....

What we've seen in news this past week is that people are tired of being invisible. By making arrests in the middle of the night, elected officials are indeed treating people like they are invisible.

Indeed, what fostered these protests from the beginning was large groups of citizens who perceived that they had been rendered invisible by banks, corporations, and government. Continuing to treat them as invisible will not make them disappear. In fact, it generates even more willing to come from the shadows.

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