In Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention anti-war protesters were roughed-up by police in what many still refer to as a ‘police riot’. The chant ‘The whole world is watching’ became part of the protesters lexicon. Today more than ever, with the Internet and social media, the whole world is capable of watching.
Let’s hope the world sees images like the one below in which a Venezuelan police officer in helmet and protective gear, wielding not just a truncheon but armed with a gun as well, chases an opposition protester. Regardless of what this evidently unarmed protester has done, running with, one assumes, a loaded weapon in the midst of a large group of peaceful demonstrators can’t be a very bright thing to do.