Apt for today’s protest of fail
Violence ensued as a minority of the protesters burned (their own) placards, smashed windows and attacked riot police.
A huge fail for the organisers, the movement and the students who will be affected by the fees rise.
I have never resorted to violence in a protest. Never. And why? Because I believe wholeheartedly in the power of non-violence (Ahimsa) to drive a message forward. The results of today’s protest are deeply, deeply disappointing. The right to protest does *NOT* extend to the right to violence.
* N.B. I don’t advocate thumping the chumps
That last sentence is key. The right to protest does not extend to the right to violence.