I was home sick from work yesterday, and I stumbled across a film through the Netflix instant view browser. The movie is called “Battle in Seattle,” which depicts the mass protests that occurred in the winter of 1999 in Seattle. The protests were against the World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meeting, and the film includes real footage from the actual event. In this film I observed the tactics the police use to control the peaceful masses, such as using pepper spray, tear gas, and beating up protesters and unlucky bystanders. The film demonstrates what America looks like under a police state, much like the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 or the Soviet Union under Stalin. It’s truly eye opening, and makes one question how the people are supposed to uphold their constitutional rights while the police that are supposed to be there to protect them are the ones spraying them and locking them up. Perhaps the Freedom of Assembly is a lost cause, but many citizens will not go down without a fight.
Details of the film can be found here: