Have Olympic protesters lost credibility after the riot?
Sat, February 13, 2010

QMI Agency

More than 200 violent agitators smashed windows and threw paint on the windows of the HBC superstore downtown Vancouver Saturday morning.

Riot breaks out in Vancouver


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A people united against the Olympic protesters will never be defeated- Go Police Go
Stan, 2010-02-13 16:34:53

The goal (or beliefs) does not excuse the means to achieve it. If somebody walking on a street smash windows, he is treated as a hooligan. But if he associates a goal with the same act, he is called protester. It is a very lame excuse, and in fact destroys any credibility of his beliefs or aims. The protesters bring into mud their own cause, even if I can understand some of the reasons. I do not agree for instance with the way the government of BC treated the economic burden associated with the Olympic games, letting some few companies get large profits while the rest of us all will pay from our own pockets for a long time after they and. But this does not justify hiding behind masks and thrashing the city.
fuller, 2010-02-13 16:33:57

This kind of damage being done does not make others agree with protesting. There is a right and wrong way of doing things, and hurting people, damaging peoples businesses and cars, etc. does not endear others to them or their Cause. Actually they likely never had a spanking as kids, to learn Right from Wrong. Have they never learned the pen is mighter then the sword?? For shame and to think they will be ruling forces for Canada later on. Also I consider faces being covered is a show of Cowardness. I wonder how they will feel when someone damages their stuff, and it comes out of their pockets.
carol, 2010-02-13 16:32:23

They're not protesters and they don't give a rip about their causes. They're posers - a desperate bunch of attention seeking whiners, seeking to complain about anything to anyone who will listen.

Real activists don't resort to petty hooliganism. They're better than that.
Rob in Winnipeg, 2010-02-13 16:26:15

Change? What change will occur as a result of these protests? Is vandalism and violence an acceptable tool to promote change? How many protestors will end their day by volunteering at their local women's shelter, drop-in centre, youth centre? How many will donate a percentage of their earnings to their cause of choice? How many fully understand the cause they are 'protesting' for? Change comes from individuals who make small differences that have an immediate effect. I challenge all those who are participating in these protests to dedicate their time and energy instead on an action that will have a direct impact on their cause of their choice.
Large Opinion, 2010-02-13 16:22:46

Agreed. Yeah, I've met guys like this: they just want to smash things. These guys -- and they are overwhelmingly anti-social young males -- turn up at events looking to destroy stuff, period. They're hooligans.
Shawn, 2010-02-13 16:15:45

The moment these "protesters" start to think freedom of speech includes gathering en mass to vandalize vehicles and businesses is the moment that the police should lay them a beating and make arrests. The morons deserve what they get using these so called tactics to disrupt our Olympics and stain Canada's peaceful reputation.
Geddy Lee, 2010-02-13 16:12:11

These jackasses are nothing but hooligans, plain and simple, hiding behind masks like the cowards that they are and causing havoc and destruction that affects only the small business owner trying to make an honest dollar....something that most of these idiots are not familiar with.

They are protesting at the wrong time to the wrong people. Do I support them??? not on your life, as far as I am concerned the authorities should take whatever means necessary to clean this up, and more importantly the courts should ensure that these idiots are held accountable financially and dish out severe prison terms to each of these hooligans not for protesting (thats their right) but for the damages and inconvenience to businesses and the public in general.

But above all the media in general should stop giving them exposure, because this only feeds their warped agenda, and encourages them more.
They are Nuts, 2010-02-13 16:10:40

I also believe that I have the right to go to Chuck's house in Winnipeg and destroy it because Chuck like's to watch games, as well I believe for me to destroy his home is also non-conformist.
Tom, 2010-02-13 16:06:36

one of the protest orginizers Harsha Walia moved to Canada ten years ago, and now she's upset with what Canada's doing. Fine leave then, why did you come hear in the first place?
Jay, 2010-02-13 16:03:34

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