Dissent and BC's Media
"Whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love."
More predictably, media featured a young man with cerebral palsy who could not take his turn. Fortunately he later got his chance in Nanaimo.
It discredits any legitimate protest goals.
I believe police could and should have arrested anyone breaking the law.
But I also strongly believe protesters have the right to exercise civil disobedience -- if they are willing to face the legal consequences.
That's a fundamental right in our democratic society.
It's ironic that one young man with disabilities who was wrongly deprived of his rights by a handful of protesters gets massive media attention while hundreds of vulnerable children with special needs also being wrongly deprived of their rights to treatment by the provincial government are barely a news story.
Last Wednesday a group called Moms on the Move held protests in 20 communities to protest B.C. Liberal cuts to funding for special needs kids, including to autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and mental illness treatment programs.
So columnists can complain loudly about "anarchist knuckleheads" but the sad truth is that they get more media attention than children in need.
Protesters should have that right in a free and democratic society -- but they should find more creative means to do so without removing the rights of others to celebrate the Olympics.
And the media should give a lot more attention to funding cuts to vital programs that aren't as dramatic or easy to cover but are much more devastating to far more people's lives than either the Olympics or protests about it.