Some go all moralistic & new-age pacifism when it comes to stone pelters. But it is the only weapon unarmed protesters have against soldiers armed to the teeth with a high-tech arsenal, including pellet guns, rubber bullets, & tear gas shells. Stone pelting is & has been used by mostly working class youth from Northern Ireland to Palestine to Kashmir & in many ways functions as civilian defense guards for protesters.
We will not condemn protesters for standing with rocks against an armed occupation of nearly one-million troops.
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