Is it possible to have a counter-protest in these instances that does not spiral out of control, as happened in Charlottesville in 2017?

Is it possible to have a counter-protest in these instances that does not spiral out of control, as happened in Charlottesville in 2017?

n the Della Porta article this week, we learned that one of the major challenges of stemming the tide of political violence is when two groups — protestors and counter-protestors — continue to try to one-up each other in terms of how they respond to each other. As an example, at many neo-Nazi protests, there will be counter-protestors. When one side shouts, the other side shouts louder. When one side throws rocks, the other side sometimes throws bottles. When one side pushes, the other side punches. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, and certainly, I am not making a moral equivalence between the two sides. But is it possible to have a counter-protest in these instances that does not spiral out of control, as happened in Charlottesville in 2017?
What do you think would be the most appropriate responses from counter-protestors to get their point across without escalation? Is this even possible?


 

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