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[–]GoldenStateStacker 3567 points3568 points  (705 children)

Where is this??

[–]lucasgarciar 3304 points3305 points  (636 children)

Santiago, Chile.

[–]Rizkonne 1436 points1437 points  (615 children)

Yeah, confirm, that's Chilean police

[–]Doctor-Jay 1658 points1659 points  (609 children)

Other countries are making the US protests look like an elementary school assembly. I was watching some footage from the Ukraine protests back in 2014 and holy shit that one got next-level insane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI-J_ENr4aY

Edit: A lot of replies seem to think that I'm advocating for this level of craziness and violence in the US protests. Not at all, I was just pointing out how nuts things can really get around the world. I do not want this in the US at all.

[–]jw8815 617 points618 points  (402 children)

Well the other countries have been doing it longer.

[–]LEGITIMATE_SOURCE 1059 points1060 points  (381 children)

Also... Why are we calling super fucking violent protests enlightened and relatively non violent protests childish. It's the fucking opposite reddit.

[–]MarsVulcan 1219 points1220 points 2 (310 children)

Depends on what phase of the process you're in.

  1. Soap Box

  2. Ballot Box

  3. Jury Box

  4. Ammo Box

If you protest and nothing changes, if you vote and your politicians don't change anything, if the offenders continue to get off without punishment, then grab your ammo box.

[–]jonahremigio 399 points400 points  (206 children)

This is legit one point I keep getting across to people who don’t seem to understand. No one wants to riot, nearly no one goes out looking for violence in their lives. But in the same vein as a quote many share today, “Riots are the voice of the unheard.” It’s not that we need to support violent protest, but understand why it happens and be antagonistic of the institutions that provoke it.

Riots are a response.

[–]starspider 94 points95 points  (35 children)

MLK warned us.

He never called for it but he said it would happen.

[–]StrangeDrivenAxMan 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Very smart man of peace

[–]jonahremigio 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Certainly. He knew what a complicit society (#weliveinasociety) would lead to.

[–]Momik 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And it’s exactly what the head of the Minneapolis NAACP has been saying for years: If you keep ignoring us, the city will burn

[–]DrPrismarineBluefall 19 points20 points  (3 children)

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."

[–]TheDunadan29 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Well and Trump isn't helping anything. He could be talking Americans down from the ledge and promoting peace. Instead he's telling the country to either jump off the ledge or he'll shoot you off. In past riots usually the president is trying to get people to calm down. Trump is actively throwing gasoline on the fire in an attempt to burn it out faster.

What we need at a time like this is leadership. Instead we've got the schoolyard bully running things.

[–]Pope_Cerebus 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Putin's investment showing far more returns than he ever dreamed of.

[–]10gallonWhitehat 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I shall save this for later, thank you kind redditor. May your soap boxes always be fruitful

[–]afreaking12gage 36 points37 points  (40 children)

a-FUCKING-men

[–]Spartan1997 17 points18 points  (39 children)

Just be prepared to not live to the end.

[–]NoSpareChange 43 points44 points  (4 children)

Here for a good time not a long time

[–]Kikuchiyo123 12 points13 points  (1 child)

"The price of freedom is death" - Malcolm X

[–]funktion 54 points55 points  (11 children)

For many, they'd rather die than see their friends, their families, their countrymen being oppressed; would rather fight than have their children grow up in a world without hope; would rather bleed than give another inch on their principles.

It's all a matter of how many people are pushed to that point.

[–]Beingabummer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

"Anytime you beg another man to set you free, you’ll never be free! Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself … and until the American [Black man] lets [Caucasians] know that we are really ready and willing to pay the price that is necessary for freedom, our people will always be walking around here as second-class citizens, or what you call 20th-century slaves … the price of freedom is death!”

  • Malcolm X

[–]Pacattack57 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Freedom is worth dying for

[–]ehhwhatevr 17 points18 points  (3 children)

the goal is to better the lives of others not live as long as i can

[–]radprag 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Black people and their allies have been protesting this issue for goddamn years if not decades.

[–]cubbies1973[🍰] 2 points3 points  (12 children)

But if the people keep voting the same people into office for 40 years straight as has been done with the likes of Pelosi, Biden, Schumer and a number of other career politicians then the people have nothing to protest about. The same people who they are voting for are the same people who do just enough to keep the black community voting for them but they don't do enough to actually help the black community because they want to keep them dependent on the government and the welfare system.

[–]DrMeatBomb 7 points8 points  (4 children)

The black community is not a homogeneous group of welfare recipients and neither Republicans (obviously), nor Democrats have even attempted to provide black people with the basic social safety net that all citizens of countries like Canada, Britain, or Australia receive regardless of their race. Providing these bare necessities to their citizens doesn't make them "dependents". They pay for these services through taxation. If I pay Burger King $10, and they hand me a #6 with fries and a coke, am I "Dependent" on Burger King to live? It's literally the job of the government to collect taxes and provide welfare programs in return. Only in America is getting the welfare we're all paying for somehow seen as a bad thing.

[–]Beingabummer 99 points100 points  (4 children)

We've seen a lot of non-violent protests the past few days of Americans coming up to the police and basically just getting their ass kicked.

When you protest against your government, you need to A) know that they will do anything to dissuade you from continuing to protest, including through violence and B) not protest where the police are, and not follow their rules.

Even looking at Hong Kong protests, which are also largely non-violent, we can see the difference. They don't stick around to wait for the police, they use shields, umbrellas, laser lights, etc. to disrupt the police they do confront, they coordinate online, they are equipped to deal with tear gas, they make efforts to stay anonymous, they disable CCTV cameras, etc.

People in Chile and Hong Kong have been protesting for months. They started off just like the US protests but they evolved. That's why those are 'enlightened' and the US protests are still 'childish'. It's not about the violence, it's about their tactics used against the police.

[–]Atomo24 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Just want to point out that people in Chile have been protesting for YEARS not months, that's why we know how to fight the police. I started protesting in high school, at the begining I was one of those who wanted pacific protests, the outcoming of my first years (students basically protest every year here) showed me that that wasn't enough and we learned how to match the police equipment and tactics.

[–]Anal_Zealot 59 points60 points  (9 children)

I hate to break it to you, but if your protest doesn't inconvenience people it's not a protest.

A peaceful protest is there to give the other side time to meet demands, nothing more nothing less.

[–]AzranDan 33 points34 points  (9 children)

I think the main point is the level of organization. In Hong Kong people are organized and put out tear gas and break up to meet for protesting elsewhere when police get to violent. In this gif protestors work together with lasers to prevent police from getting violent. Unfortunately protests in America don't have that level of coordination yet.

[–]ryumast3r 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Key word there is "yet". Portland and Seattle in particular are beginning to organize on a similar level, with people painting cars with crosses to designate first aid support, umbrellas on the front lines to block pepper spray and people dedicated to putting out tear gas.

And they're only on day 5. They're getting more organized by the day.

[–]lurklurklurkanon 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The same HK tactics are being used in multiple cities. If you're only watching the clips that hit the front page instead of the many live streams at night then you will miss how many peaceful people are there. They are organized and protecting each other is a priority.

[–]GlowInTheDarkNinjas 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Here we take turns smashing the doors of Target

[–]qeuxibdmdwtdhduie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

maybe they are stocking up on the lasers for phase 2 of the protest.

[–]Eatshitanddietwice 19 points20 points  (8 children)

Non violent protests do shit. That's why they are legal. Another form of control.

[–]FalseTales 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Yeah those childish Ukrainians should've protested Russia PEACEFULLY 😤😤😤

Don't they know violence doesn't accomplish anything?????

[–]chickenstalker 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Dunno. Which country literally has an amendment that promotes violent uprisings?

[–]KnownByMyName13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

because that is the next step, if demands continue to go unfulfilled, I along with millions of other people will turn to this.

[–]vdj98 15 points16 points  (2 children)

That's insane. Interesting comment from 6 years ago discussing his thoughts on the reasons behind the protests...quite a few issues which seem to parallel the situation over in the US.

[–]Fr-Jack-Hackett 12 points13 points  (14 children)

In Northern Ireland we have “recreational rioting” during July and August which is similar to the protests going in in the US at the moment.

[–]MarsVulcan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Holy shit, watching them take cops prisoner is insane.

[–]IndividualThoughts 24 points25 points  (53 children)

And yet reddit is acting like what's happening in the US is the worst in the world meanwhile it's really nothing compared to most of the world.

[–]0ddlyC4nt3v3n 22 points23 points  (44 children)

It's not so much the protests, but the fact that at their core, it's about police brutality. In response, the police have acted like thugs in riot gear, provoked peaceful protesters, shot/beaten/killed nonviolent individuals...oh AND our fuckhead president tear gassed and used flashbang grenades on completely calm American citizens for a ridiculous photo OP before threatening to deploy the military in almost exclusively Democratic controlled states. It's a case of WTF is this psychopath going to do next??? At the same time, we're being forced back to work while a pandemic is still looming that the same administration has refused to accept any responsibility for fighting. Shit's f-ed up...

[–]Serinus 4 points5 points  (5 children)

He did deploy active military to DC, by the way.

[–]audiotaku 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There’s a Netflix documentary about Ukraine protests called Winter on Fire. Most of it is shot from the street iirc. Terrifying, even from the couch.

[–]bassmeeseeks 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Dude, that looks mental!

[–]PodocarpusT 8 points9 points  (5 children)

The tank getting molitov'd was next level.

[–]Belgian_Bitch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One second there's a massive vehicle, the next there's this nuclear-looking explosion

[–]bassmeeseeks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The tank running full speed in to the crowd, that was fucking next level!

[–]uriman 6 points7 points  (11 children)

US protesters are specifically trying to keep protests peaceful. That streamer was chased out for suggesting to flip a truck. Another protestor chipping out pavement bricks was tackled by other protestors and shoved into police custody. Twin sisters in NYC were arrested for using Molotovs and people supported those arrests.

[–]resist_pigs 3 points4 points  (8 children)

WTF I cannot fathom why people at a police brutality protest are literally doing the police's job's for them. The police aren't keeping this peaceful, even if the protesters are, so what's the point in trying to keep it that way?

[–]lodobol 51 points52 points  (21 children)

So much unrest in the world we don’t even know where it’s happening half the time.

HK, USA, Chile, France etc.

[–]TheCluelessDeveloper 12 points13 points  (17 children)

France going through some upheaval? What's their beef?

[–]Gingrpenguin 48 points49 points  (8 children)

Their French, its basically a national pastime at this point

[–]disfunctionaltyper 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Guilty, sometimes i don't even know what's we are matching for.

[–]M2g3Tramp 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Boeuf.

[–]devlar_ynwa 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Adama Traore who was killed by police, while in police custody, in Paris a few years back, as well as support for George Floyd/BLM, anti-rascism, and anti-police brutality.

[–]Volodio 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Initially it started as a protest against some new taxes, then it grew with some more unpopular laws being passed (increased retirement age, more censorship, especially on internet, some labor rights which were removed, etc). People were also pretty fed up with the way the country was in for some time (decreased public funding, corrupted politicians, failed justice system, etc). The police was also pretty brutal, which didn't improve things (they were using weapons of war against the protesters, plenty lost an eye, a foot or a hand because of it).

It died out with the pandemic though.

[–]VoxMendax 93 points94 points  (12 children)

You can tell that the world is in a sad state of affairs if you have to ask this question.

[–]agrophobe 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Be hopeful, chaos is a necessary state of rejuvenation. A real sad state is something that would look like russia or china, where democracy is long done.

[–]kippy3267 20 points21 points  (0 children)

As the great Dwight Schrute said, BANG BANG BANG BLOOD ALONE TURNS THE WHEELS OF HISTORY

[–]ArKadeFlre 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You can always ask this question, there's riots like that basically every year, it just depends if we talk about it or not

[–]saintmax 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Can we please start putting city/PD names in the title of posts? Please share this comment on any protest post you see. Makes it way easier for people who are downloading/screenshot ting and sharing. Plus prevents the spread of misinformation.

[–]Eelysanio 1548 points1549 points  (92 children)

We need laser umbrellas.

[–]DankFrito 473 points474 points  (85 children)

That blue laser is at least 1W. 100% can melt shit and you need to wear safety goggles to just look in its general direction, let alone when it's shined directly into your face.

Make it wider and point it up, evaporate the rain before it hits your head hmmm

Edit: yea ik a 1W laser wouldn't be effective. I was just introducing a whacky, albeit implausible/inefficient, product. When I said make it thiccer i was kinda implying amp up everything about it.

u/hedelma provided this video: 100w handheld laser in a speed/radar gun housing. He burns shit (including wood and metal) in the last 8min

Just ignore your corneas fusing with your eyelids. Dry hair is all that matters, at least for the hair remaining.

Edit 2: u/iagox85 supplied this what if link that talks about the practicality of a laser umbrell

First, let's look at the basic energy requirements. Vaporizing a liter of water takes about 2.6 megajoules,[1] and a big rainstorm might drop half an inch of rain per hour. This is one of those places where the equation isn't complicated—you just multiply the 2.6 megajoules per liter by the rainfall rate and you get laser umbrella power requirement (watts per square meter protected). It's weird when units work out so straightforwardly:

2.6megajoulesliter×0.5incheshour=9200watts square meter

9 kilowatts per square meter is an order of magnitude more power than is delivered to the surface by sunlight, so your surroundings are going to heat up pretty fast. In effect, you're creating a cloud of steam around yourself, into which you're pumping more and more laser energy.

In other words, you'd be building a human-sized autoclave. Needless to say, autoclaves are not really a popular place to live.

Edit 3: I also just remembered there is an air umbrella concept that is equally impractical but cool to think about

[–]Micsuking 171 points172 points  (36 children)

So its basically a really long lightsaber?

[–]DankFrito 162 points163 points  (35 children)

Yee I got obsessed with lasers when I was younger because I wanted a light saber. Messed with their chips and focal lenses. Did some cool shit. My 320nw green laser (at the most ~1/3 the power of that blue one) and it went 5 miles and could pop black balloons up close. Had a red one that could melt plastic. That blue one in the video can melt some metal, like a soda can / aluminum.

Edit: 320mW not nw

[–]-Golvan- 67 points68 points  (22 children)

Holy shit so when will we have laser blasters

[–]DankFrito 78 points79 points  (7 children)

Technically the military already has em, that's how they take out some missiles

[–]Killerkoyd 15 points16 points  (6 children)

The military designed laser systems for the star wars program, my grandpa worked on the electrical systems, it could melt through a foot of steel and two feet of concrete. We shot Russian satellites out of the sky and Russia has done the same. Lasers can be insanely powerful.

[–]Hedelma 32 points33 points  (5 children)

this guy has already made some!

[–]UncleTogie 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I watch a lot of his videos, and he's certifiably insane...

I subscribed.

[–]Fuhged_daboud_it 13 points14 points  (0 children)

He's a nutjob. Who crams a diode array that can output 95 watts into a speed gun? Drake, that's who.

[–]sWaRmBuStEr 8 points9 points  (0 children)

We already have them. But not like regular weapons. The are used as mostly anti air weapons on battle ships.

[–]Maethor_derien 3 points4 points  (1 child)

They already have them, they just require such large batteries and banks of capacitors. They can already make something handheld that will pretty much burn and permanently blind but that is about the limit of what you can do in a handheld system.

[–]tunersharkbitten 29 points30 points  (16 children)

[–]iRollFlaccid 12 points13 points  (7 children)

"We are currently not taking orders from the US". Wonder why.

[–]DankFrito 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I had to order mine to a friend in India and he had to repackage it as a gift and send it to me lol

[–]tunersharkbitten 2 points3 points  (3 children)

hehe, because the FAA probably got too many people shining them at airplanes.

[–]DankFrito 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Niice I used to have a wicked laser, they're great, but first one got dropped by a friend, second one got stolen :/

[–]tunersharkbitten 17 points18 points  (6 children)

I got mine when I was in the military. They actually brought them to an expo for SAR and they were showing the power and range of the laser. They took us outside at night and showed us a camera 60 miles away(we were in Miami, camera was in Bimini) and we shined the laser straight up and it showed up on the camera. pretty fucking ridiculous as it was more than past the horizon.

Then we started a fire with it... in 3 seconds.

[–]converter-bot 13 points14 points  (1 child)

60 miles is 96.56 km

[–]katsu2881 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Good bot

[–]DankFrito 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Holy crap that's nuts! Happen to remember which one they used for that demonstration? Might be time for me to get back into the laser game lol

[–]phryan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I bought one of those long ago. People are always impressed when it first goes on, then do a double take when I tell them thats the low power mode. It will pop balloons, melt plastic, light matches, and most importantly looks like a lightsaber.

[–]LEGITIMATE_SOURCE 14 points15 points  (11 children)

There's no way in hell you're doing anything to a rain drop with a 1W laser. Now, permanently damaging someone's retina? Definitely, and causing harm to the police when they have guns pointed your way is a stupid fucking move that only calls for retaliation, but so are Molotovs

[–]DankFrito 9 points10 points  (0 children)

aLl yOU'lL Do iS BuRN yOuR RetINa

Yea with that attitude. Chug a Red Bull, bump the wattage up to 100w, and fight through the pain of your eyelids fusing with your cornea. Dry hair is all that matters, at least for the hair remaining.

[–]Petsweaters 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Get one of those cheap tattoo removal lasers and remove their retinas

[–]marylstreepsasleep 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What about a tiny laser array that is aimed by internal ai to quickly zap individual raindrops as they fall. Like Israel's Iron Dome but with lasers and rain

[–]crapbag451 3 points4 points  (0 children)

With sharks on their foreheads!

[–]MichaelEmouse 614 points615 points  (139 children)

Can the lasers do lasting damage?

[–]bellboy718 344 points345 points  (52 children)

Some of them can certainly do damage. https://youtu.be/13aNFKO4wBI Here is something I was unaware of "green is more easily perceived by the eye and the beam is visible along its path. But green lasers are also more dangerous. Green is more easily absorbed by the retina than red, so it requires less exposure to cause damage." So just the fact that it's green can cause damage to the eye. I don't know if the ones in the video can pop a balloon but the absence of balloons in the video is probably because the lasers had already blew them to smithereens. Lol

[–]Howard1997 186 points187 points  (47 children)

https://youtu.be/W6FbUiiwutQ here's a more extreme one, it takes the laser 2 seconds to melt through a full bottle of beer

Edit clip is at 16:45

[–]LugteLort 63 points64 points  (3 children)

and can set fire to wood in a couple of seconds too

and its handheld - and battery powered

[–]VidMang 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Punches through steel in 4.5 too...

[–]HisOrHerpes 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Lol I knew it’d be styropyro. Love his YouTube channel

[–]Howard1997 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm surprised he wasn't mentioned more in the thread 😂

[–]3thaddict[🍰] 25 points26 points  (17 children)

wtf that guy talks so insincerely. Sounds like a bad videogame voice actor for spiderman or something.

[–]Pasta-propaganda 19 points20 points  (6 children)

It’s just how he speaks, it’s a bit like chills in a way.

[–]jaspersgroove 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sounds like that one “friend” that just zones out whenever you’re talking to them about something they aren’t actually interested in.

“Oh wow...jeez...wow that’s crazy”

[–]ohgodspidersno 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sounding genuine when reading something pre-written is really difficult, even if you everything you wrote was sincere. I've been to plenty of funerals and weddings where the toast or eulogy sounded fakey even though they loved the person. Town hall meetings are the worst.

Some people just don't have an aptitude for it.

[–]Ott621 4 points5 points  (1 child)

He sounds like an untrained actor poorly portraying a host on a YouTube science show

[–]ohgodspidersno 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Other than the stilted voiceover, I think he's portraying it fairly well!

[–]Poppenhoffer 16 points17 points  (2 children)

A 2s clip hidden in a 20m vid?? Aint nobody got time for that.

[–]SANDEMAN 2 points3 points  (1 child)

guy sounds 12 and looks like 45

[–]Howard1997 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Yes, even consumer lasers can easily blind people permanently.

[–]ArcaneWolfe 56 points57 points  (38 children)

Some can permanently blind, and they can be extremely dangerous. Some even have to be used with special goggles (edit: corrected - not sunglasses) on because simply viewing the lasers indirectly can cause severe damage. Which is not ideal for a protest since you're harming anyone without them on, and your vision is obscured if you do have them on. But hey, desperate times. It still beats getting shot.

[–]dirtsunshine 4 points5 points  (7 children)

So.. less damage than getting shot in the forehead with a rubber bullet, or taking a tear gas canister to the belly.

I think these are exactly what Americans should be equipping themselves with.

[–]Charonx2003 6 points7 points  (8 children)

Yes. Even supposedly "safe" low power lasers (like those used in laser-pointers) can cause severe and permanent eye damage, up to blindness. BTW: This is one of the reasons why you must never point a laser pointer at someone's face - "It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is quite literal there, you risk permanently blinding someone.

Background: I work for a company that manufactures machines which use lasers for high precision cutting & engraving. We take laser safety seriously.

[–]Whispering-Depths 5 points6 points  (5 children)

permanent blindness in about half a second of exposure.

[–]Fruity_Pineapple 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also invisible lasers blind equally. (infrared, UV)

And you are not blinded on the spot the blindness happens after a day or so. So you can blind people without them knowing.

[–]zer1223 2 points3 points  (0 children)

https://www.laserpointersafety.com/laser-hazards_head-eyes/laser-hazards_head-eyes.html

"In addition to visible light, some green laser pointers also emit invisible infrared (IR) light. This is most common in cheap, poorly-constructed lasers where an IR filter is not used due to saving a few cents. This can lead to a literally invisible hazard. For example, one laser tested by a U.S. government agency had a dim visible green light while outputting 20 mW of IR (four times the U.S. legal limit)."

I'm not sure whether the above only applies to direct exposure, or indirect.

[–]SilentMaster 89 points90 points  (9 children)

That blue laser is blowing my mind. It looks like someone is drawing on the air with a blue crayon. It looks like real life cell shading.

[–]hanskazan777 553 points554 points  (66 children)

So nobody's gonna talk about that truck being on fire? 🔥😂

[–][deleted] 159 points160 points  (7 children)

Police ain't got time to burn 😂

[–]Littleman88 77 points78 points  (36 children)

Molotovs are nothing new to escalated protests, we're just not at that point yet.

And yes, they're effective against armored vehicles. Suffocate the ventilation, and give the people inside the shitty choices of roasting alive or piling out right into a really sticky flame and making them extremely vulnerable to an angry mob.

Anyone that says a military would crush a civilian uprising hasn't paid enough attention to other parts of the world, or can't fathom the idea that there isn't much of a country to govern if its people are all dead and its infrastructure collapses. There's a balancing act for both sides.

[–]My_Wednesday_Account 44 points45 points  (7 children)

No dude they're totally gonna whip out the Predator drones and start dropping Tomahawks on US cities bro you just wait bro.

It's gonna be siiiiiick

[–]TheSwissCheeser 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Dude. Tell that to the Tiananmen protests. Apparently if you crush it early enough it becomes a non-problem.

[–]ScuffedHypebeast 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Their population didn't have guns though.

[–]azzLife 5 points6 points  (0 children)

While we're watching the economy open back up even though it will kill a ton of consumers and Trump refuses to sink a penny into infrastructure repair in the nation... Yeah, that would never happen!

[–]DudeBroManSirGuy 83 points84 points  (8 children)

When the world is so bad you don't know which country you're watching a protest in.

[–]juaneskator 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This is actually sad and true...

[–]Himeros_Pothos 202 points203 points  (47 children)

Chilean and Hong Kong protesters are very organized but we lack that organization in the US

[–]Luckydog12 146 points147 points  (22 children)

The US is also only like 6 days in. Not MONTHS.

[–]WeHaveAllBeenThere 50 points51 points  (20 children)

I’d like to point out US is about police brutality while chili is about ridiculous cost of living. I’m not sure which situation should stereotypically erupt into chaos, i just think it’s important to look at each situation carefully if you’re trying to understand or discuss it.

(Not you, lucky dog, I mean anyone in general)

Edit; I know they all have to do with police brutality now. I meant the initial reasons. Not that it’s any less important.

[–]stuckinperpetuity 12 points13 points  (13 children)

I think to your point of cost of living, it's getting there for many Americans.

Even as a Canadian in Toronto, I can't imagine being able to afford a home even in the outskirts of the metro area.

[–]WeHaveAllBeenThere 2 points3 points  (8 children)

I mean you can live in some pretty awesome places around Houston, Dallas and Austin for less than 1100 a month. That’s still too much but compared to most places I’ve seen it’s very doable.

I’m sure it changes from town to town and state to state though.

[–]Elpesfeto98 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Nah fam we don't know wtf we are doing tbh lmao, its just that when people get angry enough and there's nothing to lose anymore, an angry mob will start to think and act as one

Its like something instinctive to the human being, you just have to leave the fear and hippieness aside and the tactics will start to appear without you even realizing it

[–]IronDBZ 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Yeah, the greatest obstacle to this is the refusal of the people to openly oppose the state.

They still think they'll get reforms and relief.

I don't know what it will take for us to realize that they will definitely kill as many of us as they need (plus how many they feel like) to stay in power and do as little as possible.

This peace fetishism is suicidal.

[–]ILove2Bacon 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Now add loud techno so they can't communicate.

[–]NotForNormies 97 points98 points  (9 children)

Seems like the also set their car on fire to disorient them

[–]MotherfuckingWildman 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Shoot them with bullets to disorient

[–]Scarily-Eerie 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Oh so using police tactics on the police. Nice.

[–]MotherfuckingWildman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dont worry the bullets are the non-lethal lead and copper jacketed kind

[–]The_Brobeans 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is Chile, you dont have to worry about being racist on this one

[–]Whispering-Depths 32 points33 points  (14 children)

That shits actually insane, you can blind someone in a tenth of a second permanently with handheld lasers like that you can buy.

Edit: I'm not saying they shouldn't have used those tools to defend themselves, I'm just pointing out that lasers are dangerous, so be careful with them lol

[–]clam_slammer_666 15 points16 points  (0 children)

"less than lethal", though.

[–]PsySick 16 points17 points  (2 children)

That's... the idea?

This is Chile.

[–]ForbiddenDarkSoul 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Chilean cops blinded hundreds of people in the protests by purposefully aiming to the face with the "rubber" bullets. Not a single cop was blinded by the laser pointers though.

[–]KLNRD 417 points418 points  (24 children)

Literally fighting the dark side with light. Nice.

[–][deleted] 38 points39 points  (3 children)

This need the imperial march music

[–]iamkristo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Please somebody make it happen

[–]Pierce1991 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And people said David Guetta wasn't fighting racism...

[–]Smash-Head 60 points61 points  (28 children)

As much as I remember this strategy didn't worked out well bcs police answered with doing the same but more effective, they just did it for a short period of time in Hong Kong. Correct me if I'm wrong

[–]unemployed_salt 38 points39 points  (8 children)

This is in Chile if I'm not wrong.

[–]Smash-Head 15 points16 points  (7 children)

Yeah, most comments point out Chile as the origin, I thought it was hong Kong but I guess laser pointers are not a uncommon think in such protests

[–]baithammer 16 points17 points  (1 child)

HK rioters used laser pointers to blind surveillance cameras and worked rather well; Which lead to a crack down on laser pointers if I remember correctly.

[–]netebek373 10 points11 points  (1 child)

If there’s another stimulus check in the US everyone should invest in $1,200 in laser pointers and/or guillotine crafting tools and materials.

[–]Zomgzilla 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now that's my kind of financial advice!

[–]Zurre2004 4 points5 points  (9 children)

I got scared for a moment that this was USA...

[–]Burnsymanila 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Where is this?

[–]martin191234 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Fun fact: Pointing lazers at people without their consent is actually illegal.

[–]Arfang15 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Fun fact: Throwing molotovs at police cars without there consent is actually illegal.

[–]Tfear_Marathonus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's gonna look sick as fuck, going through the tear gas

[–]vferrero14 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Yo America, take notes.

[–]squirrelynoodle 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Cops here have an different attitude about shooting us than they do in Chile or Hong Kong. If a cop sees a lazer on them they're gonna shoot. Lazers can be a great tool in protests in lots of ways, but pointing them at cops specifically would have unintended consequences I'm afraid.

[–]Atomo24 6 points7 points  (1 child)

when cops are already killing people during protests and you have no guns to shoot back you use whatever you can to fight.

[–]Superfan234 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Cops here have an different attitude about shooting us than they do in Chile or Hong Kong.

That's true. Chileans cops won't (normally) shot to kill at violent criminals, unless they are forced to. Only Military would kill you on sight

For what I have seen in America, you have it completely the opposite. There, the Military is more interested in Peace than the Cops

[–]TACTIYON 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Uh with that much destruction and fire, it's kinda already a riot.

[–]Dragonhunter_24 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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[–]Hanoverview 2 points3 points  (1 child)

its al fun and games till that one dude pulls out the 5W laser

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[–]NoSkillz4Ever 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Under different circumstances this might be a hell of a rave

[–]Judelim21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cursed epilepsy

[–]Ass_Blaster_1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Protesters don't light shit on fire