Home secretary theresa May said that those arrested in the protesr March were "mindless thugs". Her words were matched by the shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper who criticised the "few hundred mindless idiots and thugs"
Most of those arrested had peacefully occupied a grocer. Where is the thuggish behavior? TV crews and captured many examples of violence, mostly masked people throwing paint. Only 11 of those people were arresred oddly.
The Green MP Caroline Lucas said "That the majority of those arrested and charged on Saturday were not violent thugs posing a risk to others but participants in a peaceful sit-down protest betrays a serious failure of judgement."
I question the judgement of May and Cooper for describing peaceful protesters as thugs. Especially as they both represent parties that gave bombed large numbers of civilians in the last few years.
Gandhi said "an unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so."
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