Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Hate For You Is A Fucking Obsession.

Two of the search phrases that brought people to this blog are 'death metal shoes' and 'fixie nerds'.

While I'm aware that people interested in the above must be my demographic, it doesn't mean it hurts any less when you have the fact confirmed.

Onto other things though...

Seeing the actions of Victoria's police on Friday at the Occupy Melbourne protest got me pretty mad. One because i couldn't be there, and secondly, because it made me sick. A friend of mine who was there saw a cop bash a young 14 year old kid around the head with a baton. Seeing the screams of terror or some protesters as up to four large men dragged them away in a chokehold, was pretty awful viewing.

I don't care what you think about the cause, it's irrelevant. Everyone has the right to protest, regardless of how abstract a concept they take issue with. Refusing to move from a place of protest does not mean the Mayor can order the cops to clear these people out.

The fact that Robert Doyle had the cheek to look down from his fucking office window, as if he was some French nobleman, as young kids had their teeth kicked in, was enough for me. He might do well to remember what happened to a lot of those guys

The blatant misrepresentation of the protesters as lefty hippies is expected. What isn't is that a lot of reasonable people are falling for it. Friends who's opinion i respect, and who basically see eye to eye with a lot of what i think, commit the ultimate crime by accepting the narrative that mainstream media paint of the protesters, with a view to making them 'others'. So they appear strange, unkempt, not in line with the general public.

As i rode past city square with Brendan today, since being 'returned to the people of Melbourne' as Doyle put it, i was surprised to see it had been cordoned off and was being guarded. It was less accessible then when it was occupied.

I don't really know what's going in terms of the global movement, and i wonder whether more violent clashes are ahead of us. What i do know is that finally, finally, i seem to be living in a world where people give a fuck. The fact that the first protest failed is irrelevant. If it let's people know that not everyone accepts the status quo, then that in itself is a success.

I think it might be an interesting summer.

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