Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Dancing in the Streets

The little-publicised prohibition of dancing at the Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington DC, and the ensuing violent arrests there, illustrate the US government's legal means of controlling citizens' peaceful behaviour in public space, prompting a colleague of mine today to dismiss the protesters' behaviour as provocative and moronic - a description which seems to me more suitable to the law and the policing of the space.

The principle of police confrontation over controlling that delicate line between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in public space is critical to civil society, although it may seem a subtle point compared to violent conflicts elsewhere in the world.



Music in the Streets of King's Cross:

Ivan Tantu http://www.flickr.com/photos/milkandtwosugars/5829313639/

Texas Couscous http://www.flickr.com/photos/milkandtwosugars/4398524831/

Puncture Kit http://www.flickr.com/photos/milkandtwosugars/4399287282/

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