Protesters lost their rights
Re: "Legitimate protest, dummy" Sept. 17
To the Editor:
Those students protesting at Concordia are idiots. While they were exercising their right to free speech, they were verbally and physically abusing others, thus taking the peaceful out of peaceful protest.
Their violence stopped a speaker from exercising his right to free speech and stopped fellow students from exercising their rights to freedom of assembly.
The screaming hatred of the protesters, the bottles they threw at peoples heads and the pennies they tossed are enough proof of the violent hatred that occurred at Concordia. However, there was also the scene after the riot, with benches overturned, papers and garbage streaked across the hallways and broken windows.
Students "with signs, flags and a message" should exercise their right to free speech. Students with bottles, violent speech and violent actions, should be stopped by police officers, "with clubs, pepper spray and brute force" if necessary.
The police are there to maintain the peace. If protesters aren't peaceful, then they are no longer exercising their rights, they're abusing them at the expense of the rights of their fellow human beings.