Residents react to the outbreak of a fire in the village built in a garbage dump near Mae Sot, Thailand.
Source: Portia Lorlee, “Better than Burma: Myanmar migrants on the margins”, Briarpatch Magazine, 7 July 2014 (Photo: Fred Stockwell)
But sometimes protests get “out of hand,” which is to say, they actually impact the authorities’ ability to keep the population under control. Then, without fail, police and politicians proceed to the second strategy in their playbook: they declare that they support the protesters and are there to defend their rights, but a few bad apples are spoiling the bunch. In this new narrative, the enemies of the protesters are not the police who are gassing and shooting people, but those who resist the police and their violence.
—The Making of “Outside Agitators” (via ninjabikeslut)