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Enlist the aid of a retired firefighter whose pension has just been cut. He would likely know just what equipment to "press into service" and how to use it to best effect.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jun 30th, 2011 at 06:15:09 PM EST
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  Agreed.  Enlist the fire-fighter's aid if possible.  But that's counting on what has to be considered as exceptional courage on the fire-fighter's part. So, in case he isn't up to that challenge, I'd say, "Please don't worry, we're going to release you unharmed as soon as the truck is on site "putting out the fire".  That's a lot more than the official authorities are offering, by the way.

 Sure, fire-fighters are typically courageous to do what they do--but theirs is not moral courage--which is what would be required to oppose official rules to aid peaceful protesters defend themselves against a brutal police.

  Generally, all a fire-figher needs is physical courage.  His moral courage might be a disaster and he could still do very admirable work fighting fires.

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by proximity1 on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 07:56:39 AM EST
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There's a famous case in protest circles in Belgium, where local government issued a pay cut to staff. When Unions reached the square in the centre of one city government had called out riot police, who arrived with shields batons and water canon. Unfortunately amongst the strikers were the Fire brigade, who retreated to the local fire station, and fought back, having  more high power hoses they swept the police from the square, then filled the square with foam.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 08:46:51 AM EST
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