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OWS Protesters Tasered at Rick Santorum Event – Uprising

February 15, 2012

…The violence against Occupy isn’t isolated to the razing of their camps. OWS members protesting Rick Santorum as he delivered a speech at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night were tasered and arrested by police.

Santorum tried to condemn the state’s new same-sex marriage law and the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against Proposition 8 in California, but was repeatedly interrupted by protesters yelling: “We are the 99 percent.”

Santorum told the protesters to “go out and get a job.”

A scuffle soon broke out in the crowd and police shoved two men to the ground, tased and arrested them. Santorum briefly paused in his remarks and said, “Let’s give a hand to our men and women in uniform. It’s not easy.”

Santorum assumed the condescending position of gracious and benevolent adult by claiming it is Occupy that is the “intolerant” group, and not himself, even if he did suggest homosexuality is akin to beastiality.

“I don’t agree with these people,” Santorum said of the OWS protesters, “but I respect their opportunity to have a different point of view and I don’t think they’re a hater or bigot because they disagree with me.”

Powerful political figures such as Karl Rove have criticized Occupy’s tactic of disrupting public speakers in the past. When he was cut off from speaking at an event in Baltimore, Rove fired back at the activists, “Do not be so arrogant and presumptive to think that you’re the only person who has a First Amendment right that needs to be heard,” adding, “Who gave you the right to occupy America? Nobody.”

But it is precisely the fact that it is Rove and Santorum who are given a platform and a microphone with which to spout their ideologies, and not Occupy, that explains why protesters resort to disruptive tactics.

No one handed Occupy a microphone. In fact, some city ordinances explicitly banned protesters from amplifying their voices, which is why OWS developed the human mic.

Even with the generous media coverage detailing the stages of Occupy, the movement received no where near the amount of on-air time devoted to the every waking moment of the political and cultural elite. That is why OWS protesters disrupt rallies and the normalcy of societal living spaces with their camps. It’s literally the only way they’ll be heard, and even then, they’re usually quickly and violently crushed by police who enjoy near-total impunity from their actions.

via Occupy Protesters Tasered at Rick Santorum Event – Uprising.

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