Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Creepy Tales of Silencing Dissent
This reminds me of a news story I saw recently on TV. It was about the legal wrangling going on around where the protest rally in New York City during the Republican National Convention will be allowed to occur. They aren't being given the use of Central Park, yada, yada. The newscasters were talking about this legal, PEACEFUL rally. No plans for storming the RNC or throwing blood on the delegates or anything. Halfway through, the piece segues into the anti-terrorist squads practicing assaults and a voiceover talking about the tight security needs to protect the convention from disruption. This linkage of any protest with terrorism is scary to me. Depressing too. And angry, did I mention angry?
Update: This article by Laura Flanders on Protester Scare Stories touches on this theme.