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Comparing protest movements

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By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― The mayhem on the streets of some American cities may be more shocking to foreign TV watchers than to Americans. No other nation would permit such nonsense to go on for days on end. Where else would duly elected metropolitan mayors defend the trouble-makers as merely exercising their constitutional rights?

Oh sure, the right to protest, as enshrined in the American constitution, may be more highly prized in the U.S. than in many other countries. Urban protest American-style, though, turns to violence that goes on and on with the blessing of significant, maybe predominant, sectors of the ruling elite, meaning members of Congress, state governors and lesser lights, all to the delight of prestigious news organizations. President Donald Trump and his henchmen, they say, are to blame for sending in "storm troopers" and "the gestapo," for bullying poor people as they exercise their right to free speech.

The way federal forces from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies have sought to defend federal buildings in Portland, Seattle and elsewhere invites comparisons to Korea. During the Candlelit Revolution of 2016 that brought about........

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