"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe

06 May 2012


From: HuffPost

MOSCOW — A protest demonstration by at least 20,000 people on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president boiled into a battle with police after protesters tried to split off from the approved venue and march to the Kremlin.
Club-wielding, helmeted officers seized demonstrators and hauled them to police vehicles, dragging some by the hair. Three leaders of the opposition movement that gained new life over the winter were among those arrested: Sergei Udaltsov, Alexei Navalny and Boris Nemtsov.
At least 250 people were arrested and 12 police officers injured, police said, according to Russian news agencies.
Previous installments of an unprecedented wave of protests that burst out after fraud-plagued parliamentary elections in December had been marked by fastidious order. The crowds, sometimes as big as 100,000 or more, had carefully kept to agreed-upon meeting-places and routes, even making a point of thanking police who stood guard in vast numbers, but did not interfere.
Sunday's break in that pattern likely reflected a sense of anger and impotence among protesters upset that Putin was handily elected to a new term in the Kremlin despite their defiance. Putin, who imposed a political system that stifled dissent and who dismissed the protesters as callow, pampered youths and Western stooges, will be sworn in for a six-year term Monday.
Sunday's demonstration started out peacefully, with protesters marching down a wide avenue to a square on an island near the Kremlin, where authorities had approved a gathering of up to 5,000.
But some demonstrators aimed to turn up the pressure by trying to split off and head to the Kremlin, on the other side of the river – and called for the crowd to head for the bridge leading to the Kremlin.
A phalanx of riot police blocked the approach to the bridge. After about an hour of tense confrontation, police began pushing protesters back toward the square and harshly detained some of them. Some demonstrators threw stones at the police and throat-irritating gas wafted through the air.

Read the rest here.

Read it, understand it.

It's what happens when "the people" protest the power.

Election fraud.

Government stifling dissent.

A sense of anger and impotence amongst the people.

Couldn't happen here, right?


Coming soon to a locale near you.

Stay safe.


Brock Townsend said...

In our Republic? Oh, never, we are above reproach........:)

Blue said...