Apt for today’s protest of fail

Today a mass demonstration took place in London as thousands of students (+ hangers-on) marched against the rise of tuition fees proposed by the Coalition Government.

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.


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