The securitization of the democratic right to protest

If you look how local police forces and regional police forces in Canada are now bulking up with the purchases of new generation crowd control vehicles and paramilitary gear you can see that these purchases are about the fear the oligarchy in Canada has of its own citizen’s when they politically and democratically protest against the actions of the oligarchy. One merely has to look at Elsipogtog and the massive paramilitary over-reaction there. the Toronto kettling affair and the Vancouver Olympics to see how normal democratic protests have been securitized. There may not be as many citizen deaths at the hands of police in Canada, yet, but the trends I point to here suggest that it is only a matter of time. 

See this Alternet article:




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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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