The discussion from the text explores the problems with cultural diversity when oppositional forces divide public space . The question as to peaceful protest and whether or not the right to public space is infringed upon by one group or sector of the greater society sparks an interesting debate. Rights to public space appear to become blurred when the space becomes occupied by one particular group. The homeless park at Berkeley was identified in the article. If you make the public space your home do you have more rights to be there than others.
Public space is where we must protest and if pushed even private spaces. For example, the private businesses that adhered to Jim Crow laws required public protest for the battle ground was on their properties…water fountains, restrooms and lunch counters for example. Parks, for example, with the #youstink protests are more common venues for large public protests. Globally the larger areas of public space are most frequently the canvas for launching protest…China’s Tienimum Square, Capital Hill Mall and large open spaces in every large city. The success of the protest requires that the venue be central to those who are seeking followers for a movement. As far as the horrific violent images fro Beirut during the protest , one must assume by the violent outbreak that passions were running very high on all sides of the protest. Police intervention when heavy handed always turns to violence and public harm.. history substantiates this premise as true.