Thursday, May 6, 2010

Greek Protests Turn Deadly

As reported here, three people were killed when the austerity-related protests in Greece took a violent turn.  Anarchists are being blamed for the violence. 

In mass demonstrations llike this, it is not uncommon for fringe elements to hijack peaceful contention.  This poses a substantial challenge to protest organizers and participants.  The violent turn obviously alters the public narrative.  Reporters will now focus on the casualties rather than the public discontent with proposed employment and social service cuts.  Public support and tolerance for continued protests may decline, as people view the gatherings more as mobs than legitimate assemblies.    

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