Once more the instruments of state force and violence are being used to suppress legitimate protests. The protestors are exercising their rights to assemble and resist, voicing their opposition to the criminal wars and other exploitative policies perpetrated by the state. The protestors’ actions have a name: “democracy.” The grand jury should act as an instrument of that democracy rather than serving the police and courts as yet another instrument of repression.
Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, and has taught at a number of universities in the United States and abroad. He is the author of 23 books, including The Face of Imperialism, Democracy for the Few, The Terrorism Trap, and The Sword and the Dollar.