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Peaceful protestors should be protected by our leaders, from police chiefs to mayors to governors and to the President

Peaceful protestors should be protected

With the recent death of another Black American at the hands of white police officers and the resulting violence, the (perhaps apocryphal) 1976 statement attributed to Polish General Jaruzelski and made to his Politburo members — during the political upheaval and protests leading the fall of the Communist government — that "Polish soldiers will not fire on (that is, will not kill) Polish workers" came to mind.

Perhaps if more of our leaders from police chiefs to mayors to governors and to the President thought the same, that peaceful protesters — whether red, yellow, brown, black or white — were "Fellow Americans" rather than "The Enemy," things might get better faster.

James H Fenner

Lake Oswego


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