financial protest

Why do people blame tragic violence on peaceful protesters? 

1. Financial incentives: Yes, protests are a First Amendment right and a sign of a thriving democracy; they also keep issues alive in the public consciousness. But protests cost law enforcement money and time. The state of Missouri, for example, reported having spent $11.7 million dollars on the National Guard and Highway Patrol by the end of 2014. Curbing protests might be an implausible rationale for saving money.

Denying accountability, maintaining power and more


Ode To The Oligarchs: Financial Protest Images

Some of the more interesting sounds and sights from the ongoing protests, in addition to recent End the Fed protests, set to a pertinent track by Infowars writer Steve Watson’s band Long Dead Kings.


Though you feed on the whites of my eyes
And you have seen through the space in my pride
I will leave here stronger than you
I believe what I tell is the truth

Oh when they lower you down
And you lay six feet under ground
Will you still need your lies and your fear?
You’ll only remember one life

Though you make from the shit that you do
And you can gain from not what but from who
Everything’s of infinitely more worth
When there’s nothing that you’ve ever earned

Oh when you’re facing the flames
And you’re placed on a wall full of names
Will you still need your money and ties?
You’ll only remember one life

Seeing what you have sacrificed,
Knowing what you have sold,
All for power through a sterile life,
It must leave you so cold
Withered and old
You’ll die before we do

Though you rise from a state of decline
Like the pheonix when it comes the time
We’ll be traveling a distance unbound
And you’ll be left rotting in the cold ground

Hong Kong riot cops forced to withdraw after democracy protesters copy 'Don't shoot' gesture used at Ferguson
  • Thousands of students and activists gathered in the city’s financial district in protest of anti-democratic leaders 
  • Officers used tear gas and baton charge to break up crowd, but many protesters remain and have set up camp
  • Beijing last month ruled out open nominations for candidates for the first democratic election in Hong Kong in 2017 
  • Protesters chanted ‘Shame on C.Y. Leung’, the city’s Beijing-backed leader, while shielding faces from the gas 
  • HSBC and Standard Chartered shut bank branches in Hong Kong as Hang Seng stock market fell to two-month low


The St. Louis protests continue, with dozens of small activist groups alerting their audiences by text or Twitter, drawing them into demonstrations that sometimes feel photographed more than they are seen. There are endless panels: on policing, on courts, on race, on everything. There are protesters still in jail, with bail funds running low. There are more bodies: Antonio Martin, killed by police in Berkeley, a town bordering Ferguson, in December, and Laderius Williams, killed by police in February on St. Louis’ south side. There are feelings of futility, and flight: Several Ferguson activists have left St. Louis to take jobs with national NGOs, while other activists talk of getting out. Ferguson is no longer a place you invest in but a launching pad for grander adventures: #FergusontoOakland, #FergusontoNY, #FergusontoPalestine, the hashtags proclaim.
—  This is a great piece from Politico. It covers a lot of ground ranging from financial issues plaguing protesters, to a general sense of Ferguson fatigue. It is a long read, but it’s one of the best pieces we’ve seen on Ferguson and where the movement is headed (at least in the short term).