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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    Something has to change. Fighting fire with fire probably wont be effective though.
    No, not fire. Water. WATER!!

    Sorry, bored
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    (Original post by Cold_sky)
    Is that what its called? I couldnt remember. The only way it'll harm you is if you're stupid enough to hang around close to it when it starts. Still, an imaginative idea for crowd control.
    As far as I understand it, that thing just uses microwave radiation, so surely a wet sheet would pretty much defeat it?
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    (Original post by ch0c0h01ic)
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    I just know quite a few people who have gone into the police who are absolute cocks, I also know some sounds guys, I just wouldn't want the cocks in any position of power.
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    Yup.

    HOnestly, I think more fire power would mean less violent protests.
    It's just a few students getting the rest worked up, and then you end up with an angry crowd. They're less likley to go along with the few if they know they're going to be facing things that can cause an actual injury, plus methods such as these help to keep the police and protesters apart somewhat, defusing some of the tension that builds up when they're face-to-face
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    (Original post by No Future)
    Not to mention their use would further provoke violence in the crowd and could cause people to freeze in sub zero conditions.
    Not likely to provoke further violence in that case, but to deter it! That said, I totally agree with Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May that water cannon must not be used at student protests. Even though I favour a very tough response against rioters and yobs, including massive fines, some hard labour in jail and perhaps severe corporal punishment to teach them a lesson, I think that the use of rubber bullets and tear gas at student demos would be wrong, too.
 
 
 
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