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Response to Chin music (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 25, 2021, 02:30 PM

7. You're not wrong, but....

....blocking traffic is one of the least effective, and least intelligent, forms of protest.

It's indiscriminate and pisses everyone off, including those sympathetic to one's cause.

It can also bring a lot of negative attention to the protesters that detracts from the message. The couple of times the interstate was shut down by protesters in my community, people ignored the cause and instead pointed to the ambulances that couldn't reach their destinations, to people trying to visit loved ones in hospitals, to those who didn't get a job because a flight to an interview was missed, and so on. Not to mention the protesters who almost got hit, not because the driver was trying to deliberately ram the protester, but because the driver crested a hill without knowing there were people on the freeway on the other side, giving the driver very little time to react.

That's all anyone talked about.

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