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How to win friends - burn their vehicles

By: Rod Baker | 10 Jan 2013 06:20
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that during the Western Cape farm protests yesterday, an IOL journalist's car was set alight and destroyed.
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  • Mail & Guardian: Western Cape farm protest: journalist's car set alight... Fortunately no one was injured... this time around, but so much for "peaceful protests".

    Naturally, we can expect those organising the protests will condemn the action but blame the violence (and the destruction of the car) on "a Third Force" or "criminals using the protest for their own ends" or whatever.

    It's never any of the protesters/union members who are to blame, is it?

    But it's also not the way to gain sympathy for your actions and begs the question: In what way does destroying the vehicle of a journalist - who is there simply to report on the protest - further your cause?

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