So Sofie, does this mean that you didn't hurl bottles at the police, ambulance drivers and firefighters?
That's it.I've done plenty of time disagreeing with the police, done plenty of time using the ambulance service and believe they should do their jobs. I believe the police could do a better job and that includes eliminating thug mentality, which I see some here would accuse others of. My opinion, all mine.Plus firefighters could turn the hose on and douse a couch or two.
Plus firefighters could turn the hose on and douse a couch or two.
Not all that long ago, in Dunedin, a fire crew had things thrown at them for doing exactly that. Basic NZFS policy is not to retaliate unless there's immediate personal danger that prevents evacuating the scene, because being seen as anything other than neutral non-aggressors is not an image they wanted fostered.
If you want to mount a defense of race relations in the mainland, I'm all ears.
No defence, but there are an awful lot of we 'pale plonkers' from the mainland who are also Kai Tahu. Just sayin'.
Cheers, Sofie, nothing wrong with your opinions.
I think you need to have a bloody good reason to biff bottles at cops - as in, an actual protest about something important, where your actions might help the cause. And then you expect to face the consequences. "Letting off steam", "A rite-of-passage", "They'll let me off because I'm just a student (or because they'll think I'm a student)", "I'm an anarchist" - these are really dumb reasons.
If you're doing something illegal AND you refuse to stop when the police eventually ask you to AND your mates around you start throwing stuff AND you've been pre-warned that there will be no diversion offered this time round... I just can't muster up much sympathy.
I think you need to have a bloody good reason to biff bottles at cops - as in, an actual protest about something important, where your actions might help the cause. And then you expect to face the consequences.
Otherwise known as civil disobedience. That is, breaking the law very publicly because you think it's an ass, doing exactly as is asked of you by the police, and then accepting the prescribed penalty as a way of drawing attention to the issue.
As opposed to being uncivilly disobedient because you feel like being a cock..