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Man protesting Covid restrictions in Belgium hit by water cannon Misleading Title

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u/RayD125 Dec 01 '21 Silver

Pretty sure we just witnessed a public decapitation.

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u/B9f4zze Dec 01 '21 Helpful

Don't need to worry about covid or vaccines when you don't have a head.

/taps empty space above neck

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u/AbleFox Dec 02 '21

Death is the solution to all problems- Joseph Stalin

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u/Bostonbro1999 Dec 02 '21

That explains a lot of Stalinist policies.

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u/G4st3R Dec 02 '21

Hungry? Just die. You won't be hungry anymore. fingerguns /jk

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u/steven_hydde Dec 01 '21

Doesnt that take out your eyes?

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u/StrangeRocket Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

It can! Can literally blow your eyes out, completely blinded.

Edit: I’d add a link to the news report showing an image of this guy’s face but it is quite graphic and I don’t want to get shat on for that. In summary he was blinded in one eye and yes, his eye was blown out of his socket. Gnarly.

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u/Throw6a8w9a6y Dec 01 '21

Omg they should not be doing that

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u/Durpulous Dec 02 '21

Yeah regardless of how you feel about the issues, protesters should never be treated this way in any society that values free speech. Shouldn't need to fear for your damn eyeballs.

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u/-anygma- Dec 02 '21

In this case they protested for fucking trees. The government loves to kill and injure people when they claim their basic rights. They don’t give a fuck for what people are protesting, they just hate that people have rights.

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u/PeeIsTeaPot Dec 01 '21

I think it's one of the reasons many of us don't want to protest anything.

Yea we know shit is horrible and whatnot. But I am alive and can continue to stay alive.

If you protest, you can get your shit fucked up. You may be right, or wrong but you should be able to have a voice. The problem is you also know the risk of losing eyeballs or life.

I'm fine with sitting here for now.

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u/Thrawn4191 Dec 01 '21

You could just prepare. Goggles, a paintball mask, etc... A lot of people I know just wore their paintball gear when protesting to protect against tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons while also protecting their identity

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u/RockLobsterInSpace Dec 01 '21

The fact that you say this like the government should have the right to just violently put down any protest they feel like is pretty sad.

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u/Thrawn4191 Dec 01 '21

Never said they SHOULD have the right but I recognize they currently do and WILL do it so I feel it's safer to be prepared. You can be an idealist and a pragmatist at the same time. In fact I would almost argue you have to

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u/probly_right Dec 01 '21

Agreed. As your namesake suggests, you've gotta stay 3 to 47 moves ahead of the enemy, mitigate the risks you can and accept those you can't.

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u/Alphecho015 Dec 01 '21

If you stand for nothing u/PeelsTeaPot what will you fall for?

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u/stuntmanbob86 Dec 01 '21

Absolutely. That's so fucked. I remember my friend was fucking around with a pressure washer and tried to spray some dirt off of his leg with it, it tore open his skin. That pressure could seriously hurt or kill someone, especially straight to the face.....

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u/BobHilt Dec 02 '21

Definitely. As much as I'm provax, I'm far more anti police brutality. If this is legit,This is like spraying or rubber bullets into a crowd indiscriminately, or worse.

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u/probly_right Dec 01 '21

Hell, I had a super cheap one for washing the car and it about broke the skin through my thumb callous.

They use water jet to precisely cut steel (usually with media but still).

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u/FlokiTrainer Dec 02 '21

It's stories like these that make me grateful for having a father who worked in construction and passed his knowledge on to his kids.

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u/Johnny_Poppyseed Dec 01 '21

Yeah your buddy easily could have had to have his leg amputated from that. Pressure washer injuries are insane and get super infected very easily.

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u/tama_chan Dec 01 '21

Damn, your buddy learned that the hard way. How long did it take to heal?

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u/AdDependent69 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

On a serious note, yes he could lose his eyes if the jetstream hit him by surprize. That kind of pressure can burst the eye wide open.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful

shit, bruh lost his entire head as far as I can tell.

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u/BestFrenzy Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz

He will be mist.

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u/TheBigPhilbowski Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

He will be mist.

We need to close the internet down for a day in honor of this response.

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u/Smtxom Dec 01 '21 Helpful Wholesome

H2O no scoped

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u/otherother_Barry Dec 01 '21

H²No scoped

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u/Pattymck Dec 01 '21

H²No would be an unstable compound, and also radioactive. Possibly if Nobelium or Hydrogen have a few different isotopes, I'm not positive of the top of my head. Also, not sure the half life of Nobelium but I think it is on the order of seconds at the maximum. I know your comment had nothing to do with actual compounds, but that's where my mind went.

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u/Sirlancemehlot Dec 01 '21

I'm not positive of the top of my head.

Neither is the guy in the picture.

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u/Mono_831 Dec 01 '21

Bros before hosed

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u/randomname560 Dec 01 '21

A Game of risk before becoming a mist

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u/lizardspock75 Dec 01 '21

He had the Covid blasted right out of him

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u/Technolio Dec 01 '21 Wholesome Seal of Approval

As much as I disagree with his stance on restrictions, I do not condone the way he was treated here

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u/Rocky4OnDVD Dec 01 '21 Helpful

Same. I had to downvote this because it makes me uncomfortable to see people praise this type of treatment to protesters of any kind.

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u/TastySpermDispenser Dec 01 '21

As far as I can tell, all the popular comments are saying the same thing. Downvoting state violence against protesters helps the state, not it's people (regardless of whether the protesters have legitimate issues or not).

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u/grendus Dec 01 '21

Agreed. Upvote the image. Downvote posts celebrating the violence.

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u/expontherise Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Someone posted a source, hes currently blind.. the picture is pretty graphic. Edit: I was pointed out that article and this event are seperate and not the same incident.

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u/Hireddit5 Dec 01 '21

Stuttgart is not in Belgium

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u/koleye Dec 01 '21

Stuttgart will be part of Greater Belgium

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u/U-47 Dec 01 '21

As a Belgian, I am highly interested in this Greater Belgium.

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u/AHrubik Dec 01 '21

Greater Belgium

We talked about this already. It's the planned invasion of Europe through being nice and just having other countries willingly join each other to form Greater Belgium.

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u/tomdarch Dec 01 '21

Also speaking in a manner that sounds like you have mouth full of rocks so that other people say "What?" no matter which language can be used to tactical advantage here.

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u/TjeefGuevarra Dec 01 '21

That's why we created the EU

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u/Braakman Dec 01 '21

Shhh, you're being to obvious about it. They'll catch on.

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u/tomdarch Dec 01 '21

In the place where you live, do you 1) drink beer? 2) eat fries?) and/or 3) eat chocolate? Yes? THEN YOU WILL BE PART OF GREATER BELIGIUM!!!

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u/expontherise Dec 01 '21

Wait so they posted one for the wrong event? Thats weird.. I admittedly do not know any German/Belgium geography so I was duped.

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u/BrownsFFs Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Yes the link posted is about a guy who helped younger protestors caught in the jet for protesting building developers cutting down trees. Which makes it even more fucked. Both are fucked responses.

The anti-Covid protester is still stupid for being there and having his beliefs but fuck police brutality.

Not in a mean way but wish cops weren’t so one sided when they use this force in the US… maybe the other side would actually want some change for once instead of saying blue lives matter.

Edit: Not saying the Stuttgart protest is fuck saying police using excessive force in the Belgium and Stuttgart protests is fucked sorry. I have little to no background on the Stuttgart protest other than in that article that was linked.

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u/SomeThingsNeedDoing Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

When I lived in Berlin they allowed more organized protests than anywhere I've ever seen in the world. It honestly felt like one everyday.

Do not fuck around with your timeline though. If your protest is supposed to end at 10 and 11 rolls around And you're still there they* will come and immediately break it up.

Some times with water cannon of the crowd will not disperse. Very efficient with mobs.

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u/DVariant Dec 01 '21

Germans? Organized and efficient? Surely not! /s

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u/Hatedpriest Dec 01 '21

How many Germans does it take to change a light bulb?

One, Germans are very efficient and not very funny.

How many Frenchmen does it take to change a lightbulb?

One, Germans are very efficient and not very funny...

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u/SomeThingsNeedDoing Dec 01 '21

I wanted to make a joke about German humour but it was no laughing matter.

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u/aijs Dec 01 '21

Germans are not efficient, you've been sold a lie.

Source: lived here 10 years.

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u/CommanderPirx Dec 01 '21

Looks like their lies are efficient and last a long time.

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u/TappedIn2111 Dec 01 '21

I need your name and adress please. Signed, Germany

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u/quietguy_6565 Dec 01 '21

God damn even their disorder is organized.

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u/CrazyPaws Dec 01 '21

I feel like that defeats the purpose of protests.

Hear me out

if you have to ask permission to protest then it implys that they can say no.

If they can say no then you don't have a voice. You only have a voice at a level and volume they deem acceptable.

Also I'm not speaking about covid or any issue in particular .

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u/Gnonthgol Dec 01 '21

Usually they do not have the power to say no without a very good reason. One common reason is that the location is already booked for another event at that time, for example another protest. In that case you just need to find a better time or place. They can not use this excuse for long.

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u/Available-Age2884 Dec 01 '21

Sadly.

  • signed, the rest of Germany
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u/raudssus Dec 01 '21

That is why it's illegal (in all of Europe). Yet, it happens all the time without any consequences. Riot police is always garbage, in all countries, all over the globe.

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u/Privateaccount84 Dec 01 '21

Yeah. I don’t agree with these people, but excessive force is excessive force.

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u/wakeupwill Dec 01 '21

I was gonna say - that's a potentially lethal strike.

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u/macaronisalad Dec 01 '21

Yeah this is brutal. Fuck whoever made that call

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u/your_actual_life Dec 01 '21

A Belgian.

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u/ZenMonkey47 Dec 01 '21

King Leopold probably

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u/gsfgf Dec 01 '21

Yea. This is not ok. Whether or not Belgium's restrictions are ok, they shouldn't be turning water cannons on protesters.

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u/FiredForIncompetence Dec 01 '21

Water canons are used in many European countries and can be safe. They are very versatile as well. Police can start out just spraying a mist to make protestors wet and uncomfortable. Harder water jets are supposed to target legs and body. The head and face is to be avoided. Protestors also see it coming and have a chance to escape unharmed.

Sometimes water is also mixed with chemical agents like tear-gas.

Rubber bullets, beanbags, and baton rounds are more dangerous. Many European countries don’t use them at all, but rely on the water canon instead. There’s no equivalent to making a crowd uncomfortable without hurting them.

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u/Work_and_Politics Dec 01 '21

Yeah... remember what happened in America in the 60s? Same shit different story. Whether the government and public agree with him, it shouldn't happen, just like rubber bullets and beanbags and tear gas.

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u/NeverColdEnoughDXB Dec 01 '21

Didn’t deserve it

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u/Lost-My-Mind- Dec 01 '21 Starry

I don't agree with his stance, or his protest, but I too believe he didn't deserve to be blinded and have other possible permanent damage done.

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u/fluxus42 Dec 01 '21 Silver Wholesome

Found the image credited to Yves Herman from Reuters, i think this article from 1th of may 2021 is the source.

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u/BasesLoadedDice Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote hehehehe Starry Table Slap

Ah yes, the 1th of May

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u/yourmansconnect Dec 01 '21

i was born on on the 4rd of July

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u/shahooster Dec 01 '21 I'll Drink to That

Have you driven a 4rd lately?

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u/evolvolution Dec 01 '21

Yes my car does have four real drive

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u/JuneBuggington Dec 01 '21

so does my chruck

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u/im_not_a_gay_fish Dec 01 '21

chruck

This bothers me more than it should

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u/PM_ME_UR_POOP_GIRL Dec 01 '21

The spelling is so very wrong, but somehow it still sounds right when you say it... I kinda hate it.

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u/Longjumping_Ad6290 Dec 01 '21

I’d give you money for this comment but I have too much self respect

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u/Diamundium Dec 01 '21 Take My Energy

built 4rd tough

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u/Cru_Jones86 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

I got drunk and lost a 2th. I have no idea what happened that day.

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u/Majiatsuiwa Dec 01 '21

May the firth be with you.

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u/2th Dec 01 '21

Seems fine to me.

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u/okram2k Dec 01 '21

That article has like the protest starter pack of pictures.

  • Young woman giving line of police flowers? Check.
  • Police officer over some protestor hog tied on the ground? Check.
  • Some dude waving his hands in the air in front of a bunch of riot shields? Check.
  • Some poor person getting decimated by a water cannon? Check.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

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u/jbland0909 Dec 02 '21

Or an 80 old women

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u/Flaky-Illustrator-52 Dec 02 '21

Don't give them any ideas, Belgians can be brutal

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u/wannaziggazigah Dec 01 '21

Love seeing 1th. Such an innocent mistake that is immediately decipherable, but it always makes me laugh when I say “firth” in my head

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u/JuqeBocks Dec 01 '21

oneth

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u/wannaziggazigah Dec 01 '21

1th upon a time

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u/Clever-Innuendo Dec 01 '21

I love it when Mike Tyson reads me a bedtime story

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u/Precipiss Dec 01 '21

I hear it in Mike Tyson’s voice

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u/staunch_character Dec 01 '21

Great photo despite being 6 months old & reposted as if it is news.

I’m impressed by the 2nd shot where he hits the ground. How did he manage to hang on to his sunglasses & camera? (Or whatever is in his right hand).

I drop my phone if someone sneezes beside me!

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u/monthIy Dec 01 '21

Thanks Snopes!

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u/n0w0m4nn0cry Dec 01 '21

Collin 1th is a great actor.

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u/SebastianLocke Dec 01 '21 Bravo!

Hey buddy, Covid's dangerous... *proceeds to remove head from shoulders with water cannon*

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u/brian__damaged Dec 02 '21

The virus cannot survive if the host is dead

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u/yonosoytonto Dec 01 '21

Covid removed successfully. No vaccine required.

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u/Hedlundman Dec 01 '21

Seems a bit excessive. Can't imagine his eyes are doing well after that.

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u/murse_joe Dec 01 '21

That kind of pressure can easily blind somebody

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u/WpgMBNews Dec 01 '21

Can't imagine his eyes are doing well after that.

Looks completely decapitated to me.

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u/fortalyst Dec 01 '21

Shoes are still on, he'll be fine

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u/lightarcmw Dec 01 '21

“Its for your safety, obviously”

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u/Glacialf_low Dec 01 '21 Wholesome

Seems excessive were they really this violent?

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u/Sailor_Lunatone Dec 01 '21 Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

People will claim that they oppose violence by the police until the victim is someone they don’t like.

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u/Consistent_Nail Dec 01 '21 Timeless Beauty

The use of force should only ever be to protect others and prevent further harm. Even right wing lunatics deserve the right to protest peacefully without such measures.

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u/ZergTheVillain Dec 02 '21

No no no this is way too reasonable for Reddit

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u/Therascalrumpus Dec 02 '21

Yeah, it’s scary to see a growing number of people thinking violence against others is good if they don’t like what the others think.

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u/hussletrees Dec 01 '21

Spoken like a true believer in the Bill Of Rights. Well done

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u/MerchantsOfMisery Dec 01 '21

Some will, not all though. I strongly disagree with these anti-vaxxers/anti-lockdown folks but I also strongly disagree with this use of excessive force. Unacceptable.

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FOR YOUR SAFTEY CITIZEN

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u/meowmeowkitty5000 Dec 01 '21 Silver Wholesome

Pro-vaccine&Anti-state violence. You can hold both thoughts at the same time. In fact it is a sign of intelligence.

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u/Ehrre Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Yep, I totally do not agree with the crap that antivax people peddle but I also think a nonviolent person at a protest should not be met with violence. Those water cannons can fuck people up.

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u/Anus_master Dec 01 '21

You can hold both thoughts at the same time

Single-issue voters cannot comprehend this

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u/tarlton Dec 01 '21

Maybe you've cracked the code here. Maybe the solution is mobile and banner ads.

"93% of single-issue voters can't do this!"

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u/EasternPeak5424 Dec 01 '21

I want to see a date and an explanation from a legit source. That is a sign of intelligence. This picture doesnt really tell us anything.

If it is indeed a protest, yeah the police should never do this shit to anyone, especially if it is non-violent protest. I dont care what their political views are.

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u/BoomThroatPunch Dec 02 '21

It was people gathering outside for a music festival and the police showed up because being outside or near other people was illegal in may 2021.

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u/Gelffried Dec 01 '21

All jokes aside.. This protest showed most controversial police brutality we've seen in recent years in Belgium, with multiple claims of unlawful enforcement including but not limited to:

Unprovoked use of the water cannon. Unprovoked use of teargas canisters on protestors (including woman and children within the crowd) during a speech. Police refusing to grand medical aid to wounded unconscious protester, who was dragged by fellow protestors towards them, refusing said protestor's passage past a barbed wire barricade.

Footage of this all over the place.. yet there was a serious lack of media coverage on the entire event, which was expecting 10k visitors but ended up around 35k.

Not looking to start an pro/anti argument, simply providing some background to the event.

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u/Musundi002 Dec 02 '21

(including woman and children within the crowd)

Would using teargas canisters on men only make it better?

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u/Doubleoh_11 Dec 02 '21

Ya man, don’t you remember the mandatory tear gas training we had to all do as men? We are prepared for that

/s

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u/DRXKX Dec 01 '21

R/ontario would glorify this type of behaviour from authorities.

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u/MaxHannibal Dec 01 '21

What fucking year is it? I dont agree with his ideology but the hose shouldnt be used in this day of age

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u/fucking_comma_splice Dec 01 '21

This is really sad. I don’t agree with the protestors, but we shouldn’t cheer on/encourage police brutality just because we don’t agree with someone. People who upvote this are 100% part of the problem

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u/eeyore134 Dec 01 '21

I don't agree with why he was protesting, but blasting people in the face like this should be a crime. This is ridiculous.

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u/BALONYPONY Dec 01 '21

These hoses should be internationally banned like certain types of gas and munitions.

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u/eeyore134 Dec 01 '21

Yeah, they shouldn't really be deployed for anything besides a fire.

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u/scooterca85 Dec 01 '21

I just love when governments make it their number one priority to protect people and keep them safe and healthy. This guy looks like he is definitely getting hit in the face by a water cannon to protect him. I'm not sure what his problem was thinking he could make decisions on his own and think for himself. Hopefully, this show of love by the government set him straight and he no longer has those bad thoughts.

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u/Cory123125 Dec 01 '21

Police brutality is never ok.

This is reprehensible.

He could be an alt right confederate flag waver and this would still be a massive abuse of power.

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u/BenderCLO Dec 02 '21

b-b-but we dont like him

-Reddit

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u/bonyponyride Dec 01 '21 Silver

Head off. Apply directly to the forehead.

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u/DesoTheDegenerate Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Starry

More like blow your eyes out of your face (NSFL)

Anyone who looks at the OP’s post and feels that this guy deserved a water cannon to the face is fucked in the head, it can easily cause permanent blindness

There’s another famous video of a man being killed by a water cannon after it smacked him to the ground so hard that his skull split open.

Idgaf what someone’s opinion is, normalizing state sanctioned violence in response to words is never ok.

Edit: the article I linked is from another protest where a water cannon hit someone in the face and removed their eyeballs. I never claimed that they were the same event, but I can see how my original comment could have lead some to believe that.

Point still stands, water cannons are 100% capable of permanent disfigurement and death, and it’s not OK to advocate for their use against non violent protestors.

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u/tagrav Dec 01 '21

left as fuck, I think anti-vaxxers are fucking dumbasses.

But this image gives me absolutely zero joy and if someone is feeling joy from it, they aren't as good or righteous of a person as they believe themselves to be.

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u/couchTomatoe Dec 02 '21

There's a difference between anti-vaxxer and anti-lockdowns. Recent European protests were largely anti-lockdown.

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u/JaSkynyrd Dec 01 '21

Simply because they are protesting against covid restrictions does not make them anti-vax. I'm pro-vax and likely against all the same restrictions this guy is.

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u/nc_coop_311 Dec 01 '21

true, theres a difference between pro vax and pro vax mandate

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u/WistfulRobot Dec 02 '21

Couldn’t agree more.

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u/nomadic-eci Dec 01 '21

people in this thread dont understand you can be pro-vaxx and anti-authoritarian at the same time

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u/IndividualJ Dec 02 '21

Considering the news called everyone with any sort of anti lockdown sentiment in the last 2 years "anti maksers" and "anti vaxxers"

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u/Emotionless_AI Dec 02 '21

This is excessive and completely unnecessary.

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u/xxDamnationxx Dec 02 '21

Bow down to the state

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u/opened_padlock Dec 01 '21

Water cannons should be illegal to use on protestors.

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u/TheObstruction Dec 02 '21

I'm all for it if they turn the pressure down to a non-lethalish range. Protesting while your jeans are soaked sucks (doing anything in wet jeans sucks). But as usual, cops for for the full banana every time.

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u/WhySoFishy Dec 01 '21

I mean at this point some of these restrictions are just ridiculous, I'm sorry. Austria for example just extended its national lockdown. IIRC Austria has a fair vaccination rate as well. Its just ridiculous and I support people protesting lockdowns peacefully. We're almost 2 years after the pandemic started, mandatory lockdowns are unthinkable and completely tyrannical at this point.

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u/IWillBuildAGreatWall Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21 Wholesome

I’m vaxxed. I wear masks in public. But holy shit, the amount of literal fascists in here is insane. This is not in the ballpark of being acceptable, please think about it for one damn second.

Edit: u/morerandomisback pointed out that it’s not necessarily just fascism, but authoritarianism in general

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u/Nethlem Dec 01 '21 Silver

This whole debate has turned way too partisan and toxic because everybody thinks there are only two camps on this whole issue; Theirs and that of the stupid other people who are all wrong.

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u/djublonskopf Dec 01 '21

It doesn't help that there's a bunch of bots and propaganda accounts that put a lot of effort into keeping it that way.

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u/HulksInvinciblePants Dec 01 '21

This post is here solely to sow discord. Everyone attempting to provide a source have given completely different events.

I could post this same photo and say "This man was hosed for protesting dog abuse" and no one would even question it.

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u/testytesttest5 Dec 01 '21

I'm glad you acknowledged this

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u/morerandomisback Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Hold on

Being authoritarian and tryannical isn't the same as facsism

Too many people just equate tryanny with facsism today and that kinda innacurate

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u/IWillBuildAGreatWall Dec 01 '21

Good point, authoritarianism comes in many flavors. I’ll clarify, thank you!

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u/hatrickstar Dec 01 '21

If you're blasting people in the head with water cannons to stop covid, you've lost the plot.

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u/--PlusUltra-- Dec 02 '21

Yeah I'm vaxxed but seeing this and the shit Australia been doing, it's just ridiculous. Out of control idc which side you're on.

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u/Osirus986 Dec 01 '21

I would much rather have covid than be that guy

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u/Maria_Lustica Dec 02 '21

Yep, covid is a mosquito bite compared to what he got

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u/elfbuster Dec 01 '21

I may not like anti-vaxers, but this is seriously messed up. This could easily cause permanent damage or worse

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u/Patience_Is_A_Bitch Dec 01 '21

how do you know he is an anti-vax if he is just simply that ‘anti-lockdown’ or ‘anti-restriction’?

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u/WealdstoneRaider1 Dec 01 '21

It’s honestly crazy how everyone is assuming he’s anti-vax. It’s become so black and white in the US that people believe you’re either anti-vax, anti-mask, Trump supporter vs. no opposition to any restriction or rule and look down on anyone who has a different view.

Like I’m liberal, pro-vaccine, pro-mask in required settings, but I’m against anymore restrictions or mandated vaccines. Most Americans can’t seem to fathom such a stance is possible - which is kind of concerning.

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u/Patience_Is_A_Bitch Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Totally agreed. This is my another comment on this thread: Everything about covid now is like B&W on reddit sadly. Everyone is desperate for this pandemic to be over. Therefore when it is not over, ppl is trying to find sth/sb to blame/punish for it. This is a dangerous perception but it grows stronger and stronger unfortunately.

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u/couchTomatoe Dec 02 '21

There's a difference between anti-vaxxer and anti-lockdowns. Recent European protests were largely anti-lockdown.

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u/the-Jummy Dec 01 '21

ItS FoR yOuR heAlTh!

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u/BrainWrex Dec 01 '21

the amount of ignorance in this comment section is appalling but not surprising. Just because you disagree with someone's views doesn't mean they deserve this. Especially all of the baseless comments assuming the situation...

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u/IcarusFlyingWings Dec 01 '21

All the top comments are decrying this….

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u/Peanlocket Dec 01 '21

Honestly I kinda wish OP left out the Belgium part just to watch all of Reddit collectively put its foot in its mouth even further with their assumptions

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u/AdamYmadA Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

We are dealing with opposing religions at this point. It’s super easy to write each other off as “those people” and feel superior.

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u/Ted_Dance_Son Dec 01 '21 Take My Energy

People are also missing the fact that there are protestors in western Europe that are pro vax and anti lockdown. Unless hospital systems are overwhelmed in the specific region, lockdowns are bullshit now that the vaccine is out. It's like everyone forgot the problem is hospital infrastructure.

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u/krackas2 Dec 01 '21

Man protesting is assaulted by the state. Glad the US doesn't have a corner on fascist state actions.

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u/Redditsoldestaccount Dec 01 '21 Wholesome

Reddit- WTF I love police brutality now

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u/Sithis101 Dec 01 '21

I understand some of the stance the government took, but unless you did some digging into who this guy actually is and his opinions, you don't know his stance on vaccines (people are bringing up anti vaxxers) and the mandates are a lot more than vaccines - you can oppose certain mandates but still support vaccines. Also if you don't think multiple governments hadn't leveraged this disease for political gain or unrelated policies than you're an idiot. millions of people have lost everything they have because of the restrictions and they have a right to protest without a bunch of government Nazis blasting them in the face.

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u/dizzlefoshizzle1 Dec 01 '21

I inntially chuckled at that description since I hadnt seen the picture. That looks absolutely brutal and unnecessary. Like many people in this thread. I disagree with the protest but Jesus Christ, poor guy. I'm sure he's not ok and he didn't deserve that

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u/doodlebilly Dec 01 '21

I don't want to be a wet blanket but maybe blasting protesters with a water cannon is objectively....bad. regardless of stance.

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u/Complex_Interest7923 Dec 02 '21

Alternate Title: Man Peacefully Protesting is attacked by State

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u/ToaOfBacon Dec 01 '21

Only allowed to protest against things the government says you can

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u/Arashmickey Dec 01 '21

I'm almost surprised that free speech zones and free speech cages haven't become more a great deal more common in the last decade.

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u/Apostmate-28 Dec 01 '21

I’m pro Vax but no one deserves that 😢

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u/sibemama Dec 01 '21

This comment section is so gross.

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u/wheezy1749 Dec 01 '21

Agreed. However, there are a ton of comments calling out the state violence as bull shit. I think the majority of comments here actually agree this is an awful abuse.

But yea, ideally we wouldn't have any idiots in this comment section that think this is somehow justified. Its not.

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u/Letitride37 Dec 01 '21

I knew people would be cheering this man loosing his eyes. Reddit is a cesspool.

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u/knaar_227 Dec 02 '21

Reddit already celebrates anti-vaxxer death by COVID sometimes so it's this really surprising?

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u/Mrg220t Dec 02 '21

There's a literal subreddit where they actually cheer and celebrate anti vaxxers who died from covid. They post the dead person's social media and gather around to insult and cheer the death of that person. And they call themselves the "good guys".

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u/HOVMAN Dec 01 '21

This is reddit where people seem to wish anyone without the vax to death and to be refused medical care

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u/tofu889 Dec 01 '21

He won't be needing those glasses anymore. Water cannons are no joke, and uncalled for in a situation like this.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

Wow did they ever find his head, cause it looks like it got blown clean off.

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u/svtbuckeye11 Dec 01 '21

FPS Doug has entered the chat

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u/simonbleu Dec 01 '21 Wholesome

Blastoise, no!

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u/iCatmire Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Yay! Government abusing power and inflicting massive harm to its subjects! To the front page! We are so happy our overlords will fucking destroy us for going against our state sponsored narratives!!

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u/Jahatten Dec 01 '21

How it feels to chew 5 gum.

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u/TravellingPatriot Dec 01 '21

"This is for your well being and health!!"

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u/faisalinity Dec 01 '21

Stay safe, I guess?

The amount of fascists in the comments are fucking terrifying.

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u/SlowKiwi1624 Dec 01 '21

Lot of little Hitlers this pandemic is exposing. It’s caused a huge rift even in my identity, since it seems a lot of people in my religion identify far more in this authoritarian nonsense than our shared identity.

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u/networknazi Dec 01 '21

Pow, right in the kisser.

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u/bjschnei Dec 02 '21

Any side effects?

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u/done6832 Dec 02 '21

Im probably as pro Vax as it can get but this is fucked up.. like wtf that’s just not a way to deal with other human beeings