violence and social movements, part II


The last few days have brought two examples of violence and social movements, which reinforces my point that protest violence depends quite a bit on what police do.

  1. A former Kent State student claims that a recently discovered recording of the infamous 1970 Kent State shooting shows that a National Guard officer ordered the shootings. Read the NY Times article here. Thanks to Peter at Orgs & Markets.
  2. It seems that police monitoring pro-immigrant rallies in Los Angeles were involved in a riot. Here, you can see a Telemundo crew get involved in the conflict. The LAPD vows to investigate.

Perhaps the take home point is that increased video recording of events will change our view away from “when do movements use violence” to “when do particular actors, either police or protesters, use violence.”

Written by fabiorojas

May 3, 2007 at 5:15 am

Posted in fabio, social movements

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  1. Hey man, don’t lay that orgs and markets / econ / entrepreneurial stuff at my doorstep. I’m seeped and dripping with sociologicality.



    May 3, 2007 at 3:11 pm

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