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The Pain In Spain Comes Mainly In The Form Of A Police Baton

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A few weeks ago some rather disturbing scenes of police brutality were caught on tape following that particular day's austerity protest (now a daily occurrence). It now appears that Spain police has learned a thing or two from Greek Policemen especially when it comes to dispersing protesters. Expect these videos showing a violent smackdown of protesters on Barcelona's main Plaça Catalunya, to go viral shortly.

h/t Moritz and Thomas


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Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:30 | 1315895 trav7777
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he got beaten like a silver long

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:36 | 1315923 FOC 1183
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FTW-ing post title of the month: "The Pain In Spain Comes Mainly In The Form Of A Police Baton"

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:43 | 1315958 Harlequin001
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They are not the public's keepers, really...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:49 | 1315993 DeadFred
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Their hold is so weak right now. In your mind's eye change every fifth person on that front line into a priest or nun instead of an underdressed younster. A small change in the public will make them lose their grip.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:53 | 1316006 Harlequin001
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Should I deduce from this that one should never go to a peaceful protest, unarmed?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:19 | 1316103 SWRichmond
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Observe closely and learn lessons: Pain Compliance 101

  1. Strike areas known to inflict high levels of pain, such as knees, shins, etc.
  2. Do not seem reasonable; in fact, seem unforgoving and intransigent
  3. Fear is your most important weapon; in fact, it's your only one.  When you lose this edge, do what the cops in Egypt did: leave, and don't come back
  4. Note carefully the absence of the pain compliance tool of choice: the taser.  They are useless in crowds.
Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:23 | 1316120 Dr. Richard Head
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Spray paint to the shielded faces of these thugs can do wonders to stop these jack boots from seeingtheir targets.  The thugs are so outnumbered it is ridiculous, but they control the area.  Holy fuck.  Paint balloons as well.  Fucking cunt hole royal guards.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:27 | 1316162 SWRichmond
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I can't comprehend the simple but undeniable fact that the violence never seems to start until the "authorities" show up.  This is a common theme. 

Note: the types of individual protective equipment worn by the police indicate their knowledge of the weak spots and telegraph their target areas: shin guards, helmets, face protection.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:02 | 1316336 Dr. Richard Head
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Authority is violence.  Fuck these asscunts that say authority is needed to avoid chaos.  These authorities are the reason for current chaos. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:02 | 1316350 writingsonthewall
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Revolution - ON.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:11 | 1316369 Lieutenant Dan
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Trav777, I have to admit, even though everyone trashed your comment, I thought it was hilarious! and I'm a silver long.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:24 | 1316783 mtomato2
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I trashed it, and I agree.  It was funny.  I just don't like Trav.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 12:08 | 1317018 Bananamerican
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So close but it's "the pain in spain lands mainly on the brain"

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:44 | 1316554 Nikola Tesla
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Exactly, I've never started a war on my own. It takes a government to release that level of bloodshed.

I can easliy see a lot more of this in the future, especially here in the UK once the cuts actually take place. Less employment = more pissed off youth.

Now, if I can only get them to burn down the BoE during the 2 minutes of hate we could make some progress.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:15 | 1316416 Dutch_Gemma
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It seems you have done your homework!  Well done.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:07 | 1316676 Tenma13
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I always thought it would be useful to throw several Molotovs minus the fire so that the petrol covers a larger area, then fire it up. Would work wonders as riot police deploy in groups. cover the group with petrol then watch the motherfuckers run as someone runs up with a a lit one. That or they do the fire dance. :P

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:38 | 1316866 Dr. Richard Head
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We can dance if we want to

We can leave your friends behind

Cause your friends don't dance

And if they don't dance

Well their no friends of mine.


Brilliance by the way on the idea.  Flipping brilliance.  

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:41 | 1316867 Dr. Richard Head
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Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:29 | 1316165 tip e. canoe
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Fri, 05/27/2011 - 12:40 | 1317154 legal eagle
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All I was thinking watching this is how these thugs should get beaten themselves.  I imagined someone slicing open open of the cops achilles heels with a knife, the only place they are vulnerable, and the beating said attacker would then endure.  If, from 9000 miles, that is my response imagine what the Spanish populous is thinking.

We live in a world filled with injustice and hatred.  We should get used to it, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:02 | 1316342 TeddyRoosevelt
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looked like a perfect opportuity to grab a few of the goons and take them hostage before the "civilized" west just starts sniping people in the face as in the east.

it's time get serious, or people never stop being run over.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:05 | 1316365 TeddyRoosevelt
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spray paint.. great idea also.  but i think you need to start snagging a couple these thugs.

priests, women, and children also an interesting approach to incite the rest of the drones.. but men need to stand up and do what they can to resist.  Time is running out.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:18 | 1316434 ElvisDog
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Problem with spray paint is you have to stand right in front of the policeman, and then stay there for several seconds while, presumably, he is beating you with something. Paint balloons are better.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:40 | 1316876 Dr. Richard Head
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Balloons it is.  All in favor? - Graffiti Riot: Paint bombs fly at cops as students rage in London

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:53 | 1316596 DaveyJones
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The Pain in Spain lies mostly in the cranium 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:37 | 1315925 cossack55
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That is brutal!

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:45 | 1315946 Ray1968
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Soon to come to the USA. Land of the Free!!! Home of the Brave (jack-boot paramilitary thugs).

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:46 | 1315960 cossack55
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I prefer the updated: Land of the Fee and Home of the Slave.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:48 | 1315988 Ray1968
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Last night I was watching Discovery or History (some relatively useless channel) and they highlighted Broward County Police. They used the SWAT team to do a raid on a guy. They went in with flash-bang grenades, semi-auto assault rifles, and full combat gear to confiscate less than a nickel-bag of pot.

Don't you think these abusers of freedom are itching for a full-scale riot?? Hell yes! They are the ones that will turn a protest into a riot and will smash your skull in with a baton with no regrets. If you have any doubts, just Google Prince George's County police and see how they act whenever University of Maryland beats Duke!!!

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:00 | 1316039 Harlequin001
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Don't you just admire a guy who's happy in his work?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:09 | 1316056 tip e. canoe
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you know they just have been sitting around fantasizing about the day when they finally get to go out and use their shiny new toys paid for with public money.

this is why resisting the way it's always been done will never succeed.   time for a new approach.   deadfred hints on a good idea above.   and the camera is a million times mightier than the sword.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:38 | 1316230 ShankyS
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Full internet, cell and TV shutdown in 5 4 3 ....

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:44 | 1316266 tip e. canoe
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and on that day, a million new societies will be birthed from the roots.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 13:36 | 1317429 taxpayer102
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Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:13 | 1316397 Dr. Engali
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Tyler needs to install a like button. That way I don't have comment just because I think something is funny.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:52 | 1315995 ibjamming
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Nah man...after a few brutal beatings...the protesters will come carrying their 2nd amendment rights with them.  They'll start showing up armed.  What will they do when the protesters trade their signs for a 12ga?  You think I'm kidding?  The people who actually work and pay taxes are getting fed up...eventually they WILL take matters into their own hands.  The police WILL turn too when their neighbors are standing across from them...ready to rumble.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:18 | 1316113 trav7777
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police snipers will mercilessly gun down any "terrists" showing up armed trying to threaten freedom

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:12 | 1316388 Pegasus Muse
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"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

Try that crap in America and the lambs will be munching on wolf.  

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:57 | 1316601 Jreb
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No need to worry. In a few years the state willbe broke and the snipers will have to get real jobs like the rest of us. Noone works for free eh?

There is a lot of noise about these types of things coming to NA. I doubt it will get that severe here but hey - what do I know. If it does it won't be polic snipers versus the crowd but civilian snipers versus polic snipers, helicopters, armoured vehicles etc. It would be very very very ugly. Let's pray it doesn't go that far.

In the mean time in Spain the beatings will continue until moral improves.

Isn't tyranny wonderful?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 12:40 | 1317138 trav7777
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not likely.  The libtard contingent of the protestors will be bleating at YOU "violence isn't the answer, hands aren't for hitting" and all of this shit and blaming you for "see what you caused?!?!  You ESCALATED things."

These are the same types of idiots who don't believe in standing up to a common street thug because having a weapon "escalates" things.  They haven't figured that it escalates into the bad guy getting his ass kicked instead of you.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 13:40 | 1317441 Bicycle Repairman
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Hey Trav, how is Fukushima working out for you?  Did that zirconium cladding give way, yet?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:18 | 1316406 TeddyRoosevelt
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i used to see things this way... now i just think... well maybe.  when you show up with a 12ga, they might be showing up armored humvees, etc.  then you just have war.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:17 | 1316730 Tenma13
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 Then you just pretend your going to show up with a well orchestrated FB campaign and IED the SOBs.   Then have your protest. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:26 | 1316457 ElvisDog
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The government tactics of beating the protestors is stupid. They need to go medieval on them and put them under siege. Just surround the protest area. No food goes inside the area. Remove any access to bathrooms. Then just non-violently stand back and wait. Let the protestors protest all they want. Hunger and lack of sanitation will do their job for them.

From the protestor point of view, there is no better marketing than video of armored police thugs beating unarmed women and people sitting on the ground in a non-violent manner.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 19:22 | 1318431 Rynak
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Would not work. Those are not small focussed organised protests. This stuff is now all over spain! And now protests by new "recruits" are organized every day.... how many "siege zones" are you gonna create? Do you even have enough personell for that?

They're fucked.... at this point, it is ALL about popular opinion and access to information... the only way this stuff will end, is if the protesters themselves no longer want or care to protest.

To those waiting for something like this to come to your country: Learn from this.... popular opinion, promotion, communication, organization is everything..... this type of unrest is not about achieving something material, it is all publicity and organization: Getting more people to be pissed off and showing it.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 21:26 | 1318626 JamesYoung
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And NON-VIOLENCE.  Many on here tend to be reclusive anarcho-capitalist at best or in many cases former mainstream Republicans reformed after the financial crisis.  In any case most don't have much knowledge or experience in protest movements.  All of these comments recommending Rambo tactics need to realize that those tactics have been tried on many occasions and always fail in western democracies.  

The pseudo-democratic governments in the west achieve sovereignty through propaganda, not violence.  The way to destroy their sovereignty is by forcing them to reveal their true colors and resort to violence.  That violence ends up on videos like this which results in popular support and swelling in numbers of protestors.  It's pure propaganda on the part of the protestors, beating the state at their own game.  It's not that these pigs don't deserve to be met with violence, but if these protestors turn violent this movement will not succeed.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 21:31 | 1318639 Rynak
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Yes and no. There WILL be mutual violence. If the movement expands and becomes popular (already the case in spain), violent confrontations will happen, no matter how much of a minority - and the state sponsored media (read: all mainstream media), will focus exclusively on those cases. So, you cannot prevent the MSM showing violent stuff anyways... what instead matters is that you can spread a lot of contradicting media.... thus achieving a double-win: Getting support AND making people stop trusting MSM media.

Oh, and.... if during such a movement you will get the chance of controlling media that has wide coverage, make it a primary objective! Get as much media control as you can get.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 21:41 | 1318657 JamesYoung
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Even if there isn't mutual violence, it'll be staged and disseminated without question by the corporate-state media.  Which is why you're right, you need to spread as much contradicting media as possible to combat the onslaught in the mainstream press.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 19:27 | 1318445 Cathartes Aura
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your first paragraph is the tactic used by London / UK "riot" policing, it's called "kettling". . . circle the protest & bring it to a boil.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:17 | 1316110 Dr. Richard Head
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It's already here. G20 Pittsburgh, Republican National Convention 2008, Democratic National Convention 2008.  The list goes on and on. 

Welcome to the New World Order.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:05 | 1316055 Mountainview
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The begining of the end! Sticks instead of solutions! It's not the first time but it always ends nasty...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:41 | 1315934 tmosley
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Captain Wetado shows no moicy.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:48 | 1315980 Harlequin001
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Well he fuckin well deserved that, sitting down in the middle of the road, and being peaceful, and all that...

Next time they'll be telling us, 'Don't shoot policemen, they're on your side... really... looking after your own best interests, an all that'...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:07 | 1316079 misterc
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This from Spain not for the light-hearted. Fast forward to 00:30

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:05 | 1316654 Cthonic
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Castile has lots of practice beating down Catalunya.  The Catalonians have always come back for more.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:49 | 1316289 bonddude
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Does that cop in the first film have a "livestrong" band on?

Must be doping !

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:58 | 1316940 caconhma
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I love the socialist "democracy". Freedom, equality, equal justice, ...

This shit lasts as long as people are buying Zionist owned & controlled mainstream media propaganda. Then socialist "democracy" moves to the next stage also known as fascism or communism with the "Patriot Act" and concentration camps to follow.

The bottom line: enjoy your whatever left of your freedom until it lasts since it is not for long anymore.


Note the policemen hide their faces since they understand that, if a revolution takes place, they have to run for their lives hiding their identities.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:35 | 1315905 steve.stuart
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this is scary and brutal .. it seems police in Egypt is more civilized

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:33 | 1315911 the not so migh...
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They are beating them for their own good I tell ya.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:37 | 1315929 bigdumbnugly
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yeah, they'll take their beating and like it.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:58 | 1316041 nevadan
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The beatings will continue until morale improves,

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:41 | 1315937 cossack55
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Agreed. Next they will be shooting them for their own good.


Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:19 | 1316417 sleepingbeauty
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This will hurt me more than it will  ....nah. It will just hurt you.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:33 | 1315912 Rodent Freikorps
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Wait...isn't Spain's government Socialist?

How can this possibly happen?



Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:50 | 1316001 cossack55
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Yes. The protesters are obviously counter-revolutionaries.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:51 | 1316012 Harlequin001
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You've had the carrot, now have the stick...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:54 | 1316025 Rodent Freikorps
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Whacking people in the leg with a stick isn't brutality.

This is brutality:


Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:57 | 1316036 tmosley
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So, the fact that they aren't cutting off their limbs makes it all ok?

Hitting people who are sitting down with batons is fine?

What is wrong with you?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:14 | 1316098 Rodent Freikorps
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What is wrong with you Disney Land refugees?

Force is how the world works.

Western Liberalism has always been a steel fist in a velvet glove.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:24 | 1316138 tmosley
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Uhhh, yeah, but that's not ok either.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:35 | 1316192 Bendromeda Strain
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So what, now your pulling it to those videos? WTF man?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:15 | 1316389 Rodent Freikorps
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Compare and contrast. A bruise is not a wound. A paper cut is not a wound.

Toughen up, babe.

Did you see the disbelief on the faces of those proles?

Friggin comedy.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:22 | 1316448 tmosley
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A broken bone is not a wound.  A detached retina is not a wound.  A concussion is not a wound.  A caved in skull is not a wound.  

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:32 | 1316490 Rodent Freikorps
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Didn't see any brains on the ground, T.

Look on the bright side, all these protesting commies can go the the emergency room for free.

I loves me some Euro nanny state.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:59 | 1316632 DaveyJones
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anyone who protests is a commie and any wound that doesn't fracture isn't a crime? Hang around many criminal trials?  

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 13:44 | 1317467 Bicycle Repairman
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"commies"?  Did we all just get into the way back machine and land in the 1950's?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 20:31 | 1318526 JamesYoung
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Everyone is trying to be patient with you.  We know your heart is in the right place.  You just need to open your mind a little, read and research and learn how the world really works.  If you root against the people in that video you're rooting against freedom.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:42 | 1316530 knowless
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while i hate to agree with you, these videos are excessively tame.. has anyone on this site been to protests in the US? they use fire extinguishers filled with mace to douse whole crowds, tear gas, rubber bullets and sand bags, pull whole groups of people and plastic cuff them just to get them out of the way..

this currently still works as effective crowd control for the levels of people demonstrating, but i won't be surprised in any way when the first live round hits the first live american.


Fri, 05/27/2011 - 20:09 | 1318501 JamesYoung
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Fascists will lose.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 11:00 | 1316617 DaveyJones
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"force is how the world works" yes and uh... most of it is categorized as a crime. questioning government brutality is not "western liberliasm.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:32 | 1316179 Bendromeda Strain
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I saw quite a few blows that 1) weren't on the leg, and 2) looked more in anger than tactic. Let's not forget, fuckers are getting paid.


You've had better comments...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:40 | 1316220 Rodent Freikorps
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They are being paid by the compassionate socialists.

When governments fear for their survival, they act just like humans, they turn violent.

And socialist governments even sooner, since they despise the mindless, unarmed, proles.

Can't blame them really.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:50 | 1316274 margaris
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governments are not humans.

you can split governments apart, stop feeding them etc... and the humans that are behind governments wont even feel real pain.

Only a human body can feel pain/hunger etc...

A government body and also a corporation body should never have been treated like a human body.


Thats the biggest FARCE of todays world, treating those bodies like personalities, when in fact those are FIAT CRAP PAPER SHIT POWER TOOLS. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:13 | 1316394 Rodent Freikorps
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Umm...yeah, sure.

Convince your government of that.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:37 | 1315919 Saxxon
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It's inevitable . . . and from the police point of view, they are justified by the reaction they receive.  The knot is strengthened from both directions.

This is coming to the U.S. right soon.  As long as the populace remains passive more will be taken from them - until they no longer remain passive.

Btw, that Homeland Security terrorist profile someone posted again here yesterday . . . that's an index to the internet sweeps they are doing . . . excellent chance we are all profiled by Fatherland Security.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:44 | 1315945 cossack55
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Well, they already have the black uniforms, too bad they don't have the guts to wear the cool silver skull and crossbones.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:01 | 1316042 tmosley
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That's the sign of freedom.  They would never wear such an emblem.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:42 | 1315953 taraxias
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Only I don't think we'll be showing up in demonstrations with cameras in out hand if you know what I mean.......

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:49 | 1315996 tip e. canoe
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yup...the spiders are out there picking out certain trigger words, like some of the ones you wrote in your post.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:17 | 1316111 Dapper Dan
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WD-40 is a product I like and makes work  lighter  I make a great defensive end  flame  ball  thrower.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:25 | 1316141 Rodent Freikorps
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For a whole foot.

You'd just look silly before they clubbed your stupid ass.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:38 | 1316210 Bendromeda Strain
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TM 31-210 is still for sale on Amazon. Go figure...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:14 | 1316401 Rodent Freikorps
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Please get video. I'm sure it will go viral.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:59 | 1315999 Troy Ounce
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Naah..not in the US. They will just make sure Bonanza will be televised. Besides that, Americans are shit scared their government will use violence against them.

Europeans are NOT afraid of their governments; they are used to chopping off heads of the elite. Have been doing that for ages. Muscle memory is still there.



Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:01 | 1316048 Marty Rothbard
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Didn't you know? ZH is an agent provocateur website, designed to draw out the proles capable of critical thinking, and communication (a dangerous combination).  Why do you think you have to register to comment?  Seriously, it's just a matter of time until all our names, and IP addresses are subpoenaed.  The government already has them, it's just that the "justice" department enjoys issuing subpoenas.  It makes them feel important.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:23 | 1316132 Alienated Serf
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subpoenaed? LOL!!  they don't even go through the charade of due process anymore.  Patriot Act bitch.  they already have all the info.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:22 | 1316142 Dapper Dan
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And then a man named O'brien will take you to "room 101"  just ask Winston.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:39 | 1316218 Bendromeda Strain
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FAIL - I like rats, I only told them I didn't.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:00 | 1316324 bonddude
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Hopefully, I'll be elsewhere by then. Somewhere safer like Austria or New Zealand. Ah, the kiwis.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:44 | 1316558 HitTheFan
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I don't think it arrives soon in the USA.

Once you haved forced austerity, then you might see it, but the US is never going down that road.

Just a gradual, but quickening decline in 99% of the population's standard of living, and then a quick hyperinflationary bust.

Europe is in for a shedfull of trouble though, a summer of discontent ahead.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:37 | 1315926 sunnydays
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OH, but Spain is a Democracy, right?   Will the U.S. go and start bombing Spain due to  the violence against the people?  Of course not.  Peaceful demonstrations are not allowed even in the U.S.  They will do and have done the same here. 



Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:43 | 1315943 Rodent Freikorps
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Why does it always come back to the US for a lot you?

Is the US really the center of the entire universe?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:51 | 1316007 Saxxon
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Point taken, Rodent . . . I guess that's partly true and partly due to the stupifying passivity here.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:40 | 1315928 achmachat
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holy baton-man batman!

I kept expecting a bunch of protesters losing it and punching one riot cop's nose in...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 20:17 | 1318513 JamesYoung
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I'd expect that these protestors are well trained in the art of non-violent resistance, which has by any reasonable measure proven the most effective means in the era of television and internet video.  They are urging one another not to violently resist.  Because when average joe on his couch sees this he says, "what the fuck, those cops are beating those innocent people for no reason!"  Next day that crowd multiplies five-fold and their sheer #s force the police to escalate.  Ideally number of protestors continues to grow and number of cops and level of force used continues to escalate until there are no more cops to summon and protestors win and pigs are forced to retreat and hide until it's over.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:40 | 1315932 Ruffcut
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Glad I wasn't there. I would not tolerate that bullshit. The crowd should of pounded their asses back to the woodshed.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:44 | 1315947 Terminus C
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exactly what I was thinking and exactly what is going to happen.  The greek police don't do that because the greeks will fire bomb their ass.

The police need a lesson in fear of the citizenry.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:45 | 1315972 cossack55
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Remember, the root of the Spanish Policia derives from Franco.  They have a long history of beating citizens. Ask the Basques.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:27 | 1316155 Alienated Serf
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Gaurdia Civil was revamped under Franco with assistance from Nazi Germany.

Most people don;t understand how volatile Spain is.  All the regions speak their own language and do not want interference from Madrid.  It held together by a thread really...


Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:37 | 1315933 Sean7k
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The problem with brutality is you escalate the level of violence. What happens when the tables turn? How do those people live with themselves in their towns? 

Watching their ability to hit with impunity and repetition teaches one thing: there is no longer a need to recognize the law. The Law is now the enemy.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:24 | 1316136 trav7777
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this is the problem in Iraq and Afghanistan, up to and including people suicide bombing gatherings of people trying to apply for a cop job

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:43 | 1316243 Bendromeda Strain
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If the citizenry was also doing it to the repressive Baath and Taliban I would agree, but since it is an AQ tactic, I will have to say your analogy doesn't hold.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:05 | 1316360 trav7777
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both of those had effective Stazis

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:41 | 1315936 urbanelf
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... mainly on the brain.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:42 | 1315939 Terminus C
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Motherfucking fascist scum.  How long will people tolerate the abuse?  Methinks not much longer.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:39 | 1315940 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Notice: "Beatings will continue until moral improves".

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:42 | 1315941 KlausK
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Beating up old men and girls in bikinis. We are getting close now.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:44 | 1315949 bigdumbnugly
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close.  we'll be there when they start beating old men in bikinis.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:46 | 1315975 KlausK
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+ 1

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:59 | 1316046 Rodent Freikorps
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Fat, hairy Euros in Speedos derserve a good beating.

Just sayin.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:06 | 1316060 bigdumbnugly
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it is the fastest growing demographic.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:21 | 1316432 Rodent Freikorps
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I don't know. There are a lot of fat, hairy Euro chicks, as well.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:42 | 1315942 It is a bargin ...
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The good people of Barca will have it stuck too them again by Utd tomz night at Wembley

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:40 | 1315944 ArgentDawn
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Could you imagine that in the US? The LRAD ear splitting pain would be used instead. Or I should say, will happen, here soon..

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:50 | 1316005 Bad Asset
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I have a hard time imagining that the people of the US would put up with that.  

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:17 | 1316108 Ace Ventura
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The beatings or the LRAD? They put up with LRAD sure enough during the Pittsburgh G-20, and the costumed-thugs had no problem tear-gassing a bunch of college-aged people. Lots of wailing, but no one physically fighting back. I often wonder watching things like this how someone can sit there and take repeated blows from a total, masked stranger and not go apeshit and retaliate in kind.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me all it would take would be for one red-blooded american to fight back and the crowd would be galvanized.

Either that, or the crowd would use the opportunity to retreat. What a nation of soft spongy saps we've become.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:51 | 1316577 HitTheFan
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Sounds like you want to volunteer for martyrdom?

That's what it will take, as in North Africa, people literally have to be willing to die for their rights (and some food).

Talk is easy isn't it?

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 12:27 | 1317098 Ace Ventura
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Sure is. And no one is volunteering for martyrdom. I am only making an observation. Would you simply allow yourself to be pummeled as these people did, without some form of human self-defense instinctual response? Or would you retreat the moment these HALO wannabes showed up? Or perhaps not even care to be involved in the first place?

Tough questions, no easy answers. But it doesn't take rocket science to figure out where this is all headed.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 20:59 | 1318585 JamesYoung
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It's peaceful protest by design.  That crowd gets violent and they may win the battle, but no way they win the war.  They have to reach critical mass.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:03 | 1316062 Marty Rothbard
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I bring bags of cheap earplugs to all my riots.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:44 | 1315950 RF
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Doesn't take much of a man to hit a woman.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:58 | 1316029 ibjamming
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Fuck you douchebag...I'm SO fucking sick and tired of women having their cake and eating it too.  You want to be equal?  You get fucked up like the rest of us...  You start some may end up with broken bones.  Women should NOT get a free pass!  They're always starting shit...and usually get to walk away...NO!

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:11 | 1316092 scratch_and_sniff
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ur so ghay.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:22 | 1316121 Ace Ventura
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Feminism....destroying western civilization since the 1920's.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:26 | 1316475 sleepingbeauty
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Luckily, there are tonnes of men that agree with you and beat their women into freedom from the comfort of their own homes.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:56 | 1315951 tallen
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They're going to start turning violent in riots if the Police keep acting like this.

I give it 2 months and they'll be throwing molotovs.

Endgame is near.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:18 | 1316116 serotonindumptruck
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Two months?

I give your scenario a couple of days. Once violence begins to escalate, there will be no stopping it.

Molotovs can be made in a few seconds, once the ingredients are on hand.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 20:52 | 1318561 JamesYoung
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Violence would be a strategic error on the part of the people.  Western pseudo-democratic governments rule their populations through propaganda, not murder.  They don't have the stomach to use the level of force necessary to successfully put down a peoples' overthrow if that's what this is.  However, they will clumsily escalate their tame level of violence and play right into the hands of the protestors.  The only way the protestors lose is if they too become violent.  Think about it, you're in a bar and you see two men fighting.  You most likely step back and let them have at it.  But you see one man calmly sitting in his bar stool and another pummeling him, you're much more likely to act in that man's defense.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:45 | 1315952 HamyWanger
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I know this is a bit sick, and myself I feel uncomfortable watching this, but this is unfortunately necessary. 

Punks have to take a beating before they endanger the formidable and fast economic recovery in Spain. I can't lose a single euro on my IBEX35 longs because of a few spoiled brats. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:43 | 1315963 the not so migh...
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They are unarmed and in a peaceful protest you bone head.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:46 | 1315973 HamyWanger
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Unarmed? I saw several of these "protesters" with knives and stones. 

And many of them had a threatening attitude towards the police. It's normal they fight back. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:48 | 1315985 tallen
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Yeah I mean that girl in a Bikini really deserved getting battoned' at 42s on the second video.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:49 | 1315992 HamyWanger
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Anyway, these protesters should accept austerity and go back to work. Protesting makes only things worse. 

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:52 | 1316020 WhOracle
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Cant wait till austerity hits u in the rectum.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:16 | 1316097 Ruffcut
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Hamhole is the absolute ZERO of zero hedge.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 09:53 | 1316294 Bendromeda Strain
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You guys make the Hamy Show that much more fun. Thanks for the lulz

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:15 | 1316407 Zedge Hero
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I think he is hysterical, if you read his post as if it was a good friend just really fucking with you then you get it, if you get angry then you've been had.  Every junk is a had. I used to junk him too, but then I thought how the fuck could anyone be so fucked up and then it hit me- he has to be fucking with me.  You don't find Zero Hedge with his mindset, he knows everything is as fucked as it is or he wouldn't be here in the first place. With the real tense situations discussed here it's ok to have an ice breaker like Ham sandwich, I used to hate him, and skip his comments, now I just laugh out loud.  And don't try and tell me your not fucking with me Ham, I'm not going down that road again. lol

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 08:52 | 1316013 augie
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I see now why everyone gives you such a hard time.

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