Planned Puppetry

Roll up, roll up, the World Economic Forum circus has come to town. Barricades in Midtown, street closings, police everywhere. Echoes of last September.

    ‘Organizers of the New York demonstrations say they are planning peaceful gatherings and hope to avoid confrontations with police.

    “I was in Seattle,” said one organizer, “and what we planned in Seattle is very similar to what we’re planning here for New York. We planned pageants, we planned puppetry and the police attacked us without provocation over and over and over in the streets.”

Mark observes that planned puppetry is provocation, as far as New Yorkers are concerned.

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