Water Cannons? Tear Gas? by Raúl Ilargi Meijer

During the entire coronavirus outbreak, there has been virtually no official mention of how people can bolster their immune systems. The old maxim that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure is apparently a forgotten dead letter. However, there are ounces of prevention for Covid-19, and they work a hell of a lot better than lockdowns, about which people are getting increasing incensed and taking to the streets. From Raúl Ilargi Meijer at theautomaticearth.com:

[..] the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks, water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges, dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

Bob Dylan, Jokerman

I’ve seen huge amounts of riot police in many cities this weekend, in Holland, Germany, UK, Sweden, Canada, Florida and money more places (Miami Beach declared a state of emergency), using water cannons, horses, dogs, in some cases tear gas, to disperse relatively small and peaceful crowds. These things are normally used in case of serious rioting. But now the “justification” is that people are standing and walking too close together, and not obeying the “measures” and restrictions.

But that is exactly what they’re protesting. If you protest the measures, and they say you can only do that if you comply with those same measures, which includes asking permission beforehand, that is not a protest, that is theater. And the right to protest is not something that can just arbitrarily be taken away in a democratic country. Until now. Until Covid came along.

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