To the best of my knowledge, nobody has died yet? Ottawa has a serious problem because their initial attempts to control the mob were squishy at best. They were allowed to set up structures and banners while the mayor kept asking for more police but not using the ones he had very well.
In the summer of 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, several USian cities burned. The Chief of Detroit PD seemed to have a pretty good head on his shoulders. The first couple nights, things were on the edge of going very bad. Then the Chief made an announcement: as long as the demonstrators remained peaceful, the police would stand down and let them do their thing. And so it went for the next week or two: demonstrators would march down a street for an hour or two, then disperse. No-one injured. No property damage. A few weeks later, when passions were still running high, Detroit PD officers shot a man dead in the street. The Chief released the body cam video in a few hours. Video showed the perp pulled a gun from his pants pocket and fired at an officer. The perp died in a hail of return fire moments later. No riot.
Sitting her in Motown, watching people peacefully state their grievances, with the police respecting their right to do so, I was at a loss why the situations in Portland, and Seattle, and other cities, went so wrong.
Watching some woman AIT blocking near the bridge complaining about the police pushing her back and complaining that it is scary … seriously! What part of “get the frack out of the way” doesn’t she understand?
That is the USian “sovereign citizen” mentality at work.
Sovereign citizens believe that they – not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials – should decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.
Outstate Michigan has several County Sheriffs who consider themselves “sovereign Sheriffs”, who can decide for themselves which laws to enforce and which to ignore. Over the last two years, these “sovereign Sheriffs” have, in particular, made a show of not enforcing covid regulations.
I remember a big poverty demonstration in DC fifty odd years ago. The demonstrators were camped out in a park for weeks, but they were out of the way, so other people could go about their business, while the demonstrators stated their grievances.
The Poor People’s Campaign, or Poor People’s March on Washington, was a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. It was organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy in the wake of King’s assassination in April 1968.