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Old 11-26-2004, 02:35 PM   #1
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To Protest or not to Protest?

On Wednesday, Mr George W Bush himself is sullying the good image of my fine city of Halifax by stepping off a plane and making his way to Pier 21 downtown.

Mass protests are planned. There's a big rally in front of the Library at school and then a march down to Pier 21 to protest.

I want to go.

My qualm is if I should or not. The last time a big event was here with the G-7 Finance Ministers, there was a smaller protest. But that one got broken up with tear gas and riot police (even though the protest was pretty peaceful). The cops even tore up a downtown mall when they tried to trap all the protesters inside so they could arrest them. The protesters smashed apart stores to get to the emergency exits so they could escape.

Now, I don't know about you all but I'm not really partial to being gassed and trapped inside malls. If I went I'm sure I'd be peaceful, but I certainly wouldn't want to be trapped in a protest with riot cops and tear gas and things being thrown in case things actually got out of hand.

So should I go or should I stay home and cheer from the sidelines, and watch the highlights on the evening news?
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Old 11-26-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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What are you protesting?

GWB's existence?

That he's going to Pier 21 and not some other important location?

Visitors to Halifax?
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i imagine a lot of people are going to be protesting the president's three year late apology for our kindness to stranded passengers during 9/11, not to mention the war in iraq.

i'd be somewhat hesitant to go, just because security is going to be severely strict, seeing that it's george bush and all. i wouldn't be surprised if a relatively peaceful protest gets some rough treatment. tensions will be high on both sides.
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the protest is against the general ineptitude and ridiculously bad decision-making of the past 4 (and presumably the next 4) years.
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If you want to go to the protest thats fine. If you think its going to be dangerous, watch from a distance. But how about showing some respect for the first president to be elected by a majority of the American people since 1988!
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Go! You might just get your face on the news!
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Go. Bush is the president of a major democracy, which makes him part of the political decision making process. You're a human being with feelings, and you're inclined not to agree with the guy's agenda and ideas. It's never a good idea to squelch your emotions and feelings. There's a right way and a wrong way to express them. Like you I disagree with the guy's agenda and ideas. There's no reason for you *not* to protest. There are rules to good political protesting, like keeping it peaceful and orderly, no disruption, calling anyone names, etc, etc. There are some simple rules to follow, and then, hey, it's the right thing to do.
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I'd go, it could make for a new experience and a good story no matter what your political beliefs are.
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Go, Dave. Go for those of us who can't. How is going to a protest disrespectful, Sting2? Are we, as Americans, required to give him obesience?
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Be a good Canadian and get your butt down there.
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I'd go if he were coming to Toronto, as if that's gonna happen.
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If you want to go to the protest thats fine. If you think its going to be dangerous, watch from a distance. But how about showing some respect for the first president to be elected by a majority of the American people since 1988!
i will begin to show some respect for him as soon as he starts showing respect for people outside his own nation.
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All I have to say is keep it peaceful.
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Go. I'd go if I wasn't on the opposite side of the planet. And tell him in the nicest possible way to stop annoying the Australian general public from me please.

Cheers from the Land Down Under
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I already posted, but let me disagree with people who think that protesting is disrespectful. It's democratic. By following certain rules, like keeping it peaceful, not calling anyone names, etc, etc, you are showing respect that way. If it were throwing eggs or rocks or whatever I'd have very different feelings. Hell, after we did the demonstrations in February 2003 against the war, both the President and Condi Rice said they had no trouble with demonstrations and protests. The President also referred to disagreement in his speech at the RNC. If he doesn't have any trouble with this why should anyone else?
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