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Jail the protesters: it’s where we belong

An Indian government attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting a key anti-corruption activist appeared to backfire Tuesday when parliament walked out and demonstrations broke out across the country.

Approximately 20 plainclothes police surrounded activist Anna Hazare, 73, early Tuesday morning as he left his house to begin a hunger strike against alleged widespread corruption, reportedly forbidding him from leaving the premises. When he defied them, they took him into custody on peremptory charges of “breach of peace.”

via Indian police arrest anti-corruption activist sparking peaceful demonstrations throughout the country – latimes.com.


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Big bank takes little bank: blocking cell reception of protesters in SF

SAN FRANCISCO — Transit officials blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.

Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said Friday that they turned off electricity to cellular towers in four stations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The move was made after BART learned that protesters planned to use mobile devices to coordinate a demonstration on train platforms.

The tactic drew comparisons to those used by the former president of Egypt to squelch protests demanding an end to his authoritarian rule.

via San Francisco Transit Blocks Cellphones To Hinder Protest.

If you want to know what cops have learned since Oscar Grant.  Perhaps “Game recognize game” would have been a better articulation.

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Anti-cycling sentiment visible

I rode my bicycle for a couple of hours today.  It was beautiful.  Respect to all the cyclists.

I tend to be a safe cyclist — obeying the traffic rules.  In New York City a guy got a ticket for riding outside of the bicycle lane.  Which seems out-of-control bogus to me.  In my community there aren’t enough bike lanes to get you everywhere you need and the bike lanes are often blocked.  You occasionally have to deal with traffic, and they write a whole section of laws for cyclists to do this safely.

If you drive an automobile or a bicycle,  you should know what these laws and rules are.  And if any of you know me, I am not generally an advocate of rules and laws.

It seems to me like the ticket for being outside of the cycling lanes represents some of the short-sighted anti-bicycle sentiment in our society.  The notion that the bicycle rather than the car is the nuisance.

So Casey Neistat, the cat who got the ticket made a video of him scrupulously following the absolutist cop advice.  Yowza!  Watch til the end, it’s worth it.

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