This is the most well documented — tweets and photos — protest event I’ve ever come across.
As Howard Beale reminds us: “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!” Yet the police are the ones who cross the line into violence. By design? Is this another problem/reaction/solution used to ratchet down the police state?
If so, we need to be very aware. Let us walk that fine line between allowing ourselves to express our pent up rage at long-standing, systematic injustice without crossing the line into violence. WE are the ones who are awake. Let us show the police how. Perhaps some of them will wake up and join us.
For it is this line, between the oppressed, and the hired guardians of the oppressors (who are actually from the same class as the oppressed!) — that must be breached. And once we dissolve that enforced, mind-controlled separation between “them” and “us,” the police state dissolves.
Berkeley police apparently totally freaked at the prospect of a moderate-sized protest; instead of facilitating the protest they catalyzed it, and everyone is simply fortunate that no life-threatening injuries or deaths occurred because of their in explicable crowd-antagonizing tactics.