Zur deutschen Fassung dieser Beobachtung.
On my travels around the world, I like to attend protests. Especially when I find the demands of the people worthy of my support. But even when not, protests or even revolutions are an excellent place to learn about the dynamics of the respective society. When protesters and counter-protesters clash, it’s very practical to be in the middle of it all, as I can get a picture of two sides at the same time.
Demonstrations also provide an opportunity to observe how the government deals with its citizens: brutally or politely, in a military or a civil manner, respectfully or criminalizing. As we currently see in the United States, some countries who think of themselves rather highly, aren’t really doing so well. (My home country of Germany is not a very good example either.) Heavy artillery is often brought in far too early and the policemen show up in fighting gear. When the fighting dogs are let loose, one wonders whether the issue of de-escalation was perhaps neglected at the police academy.
Quite different so in Bolivia: There, the police also have dogs, but they don’t bite anyone. On the contrary, the police bring dogs to protests on the verge of erupting into mayhem, so that both parties in a conflict are distracted from the quarrels about new elections or the deforestation of the jungle and all exclaim in unison: “Oh, look at the cute dog!” The dog can be petted, fed and photographed. And swoosh, there’s peace in the streets again.
The purpose of the Grim Reaper, however, did not become clear to me.