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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Picture of the Day

Hong Kong police spraying a small number of South Korean WTO protesters with "pepper foam."


  • good choice on the photo, Mike. Hope you had a Happy New Year.

    FYI, I changed the web address for my blog to www.inkbythebarrel.blogspot.com

    Your buddy

    By Blogger jason, at 11:34 PM  

  • that is a crazy photo.

    proportionate response eh?

    By Blogger michael the tubthumper, at 7:00 AM  

  • Sure. Very impressive. But how many minutes did it take them to get there after the dispatcher received the call? :)

    Great shot.

    By Anonymous Wild Bill, at 7:27 AM  

  • I think they have been sufficiently subdued in a non-lethal fashion. I bet they posed a very serious threat to national security.

    By Blogger Tele, at 7:28 AM  

  • I picked this photo because of it's extreme nature.

    I do feel the need to add that some of the S. Korean protesters at the WTO were in fact violent, but I still think this photo captures an excessive response by the Hong Kong police.

    Much like the pictures from the 2004 political conventions with the local police dressed as stormtroopers, this picture speaks to me of violent excess by the authorities.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:52 AM  

  • At the RNC convention there was a violation of the Posse Comitatus laws when military personnel were used for civilian policing purposes. Clearly illegal.

    By Blogger Tele, at 8:25 AM  

  • Yeah, Matt, they've been dancing along that line alot. I don't know the specific legal details around the use of military personnel at the Republican convention, although I know that some of the NYC police tactics crossed alot of lines, but with some of the other actions in this area, I couldn't claim to be surprised.

    And Besides, under the current "we're at war" legal interpretations, is posse comitatus still applicable?


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:35 AM  

  • We aren't at war Bush said that major operations in Iraq were over at that "Mission Accomplished" speech in 2003. That wasn't window dressing that was actually a switch in status.

    By Blogger Tele, at 8:57 AM  

  • ...on the edge of fascism

    By Blogger liberal_dem, at 1:59 PM  

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