They will regret this till their dying day.
The Birgenau-Bennett Declarations regarding the Violence of Linking Arms is getting a lot of play.
First, it was the University of California, Berkeley, police spokesmouth who put her foot in it by saying:
"The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence," UC police Capt. Margo Bennett said. "I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest."
Yes, well. Obviously, she's not very bright, and for that reason alone, she should be given some slack and maybe offered a few remedial social history lessons. Just a thought.
On the other hand, when the Chancellor of the University comes out with this (from Shanghai, no less -- although perhaps appropriately, this being the China Century and all):
It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience.
We've got to take a stand. The man isn't ignorant like his police spokesmouth. The man is trying to redefine terms to suit his policies of repression. So if that means that non-violent resistance is now to be defined as "not non-violence", that's what it shall be.
The Devil take the hindmost.
It's simple. Linking arms and refusing to obey commands of Authority is classic non-violent resistance. It's been done for generations upon generations, by all kinds of people all over the world in solidarity against oppression.
For generations and generations.
Interviews with some of those beaten and arrested at Berkeley: