if you can get tackled, ziptied, and arrested by agents of the state for protesting the state without their permission, do you *really* have the right to protest? does it make it better or worse, knowing that *they knew* the charges wouldn't stick, and they just wanted to beat you and strip you of your humanity because you spoke out of turn?

@jacethechicken that is kinda what governments do, look big and scary to snuff out anything that remotely looks antiestablishment

It reminds me of the French deputy that got his mic cut because he was wearing a yellow vest in the assembly to show his support to protesters a few years ago

@jacethechicken an ounce of prevention is worth more than all the punishment in the world

...usually i say this from the pov of the person trying to *stop* the bad guys, but... yeah

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