Sick and tired of these miscreants roaming around stinking up the place? Wish you could stomp them into dust? Well, have we got the right solution for you. Actually in all seriousness, this isn’t a tank, rather it’s called an Amphibious Rescue Vehicle, yet when deployed the other day by Tampa Police, it hilariously sent the paranoid Occupods into a state of apoplexy.
Perhaps the TPD was anticipating a riot and wanted to have the vehicle present in case people needed to be safely transported away from the scene. Another likely reason may be that the police simply wanted to psychologically intimidate protestors to deter the possibility of things getting out of hand.
Despite all this information, which can easily be found online with a little research, protestors are still jumping to wild conclusions about the vehicle. On the Occupy Tampa Facebookpage, a handful of people have left comments that liken the presence of the vehicle to the events that took place at Tiananmen Square. Considering that Tiananmen Square was an all-out blood bath that involved armed soldiers, Type 59 battle tanks, and resulted in the deaths of possibly thousands, I would call the comparison far-off and extreme.
An armored rescue vehicle parked next to otherwise lackluster and uneventful protest can in no way be compared to what might be one of the most horrible events to take place in the past 100 years.
I have to admit I’m really surprised that so many of the protestors are making such silly conjectures, implying that the tank might be used violently against the protestors, or that the TPD are so afraid of them they need to hide behind a tank. I was under the impression that Occupy protestors have developed a reputation for being well-informed. Apparently, a large number of the Occupy Tampa’s supporters can’t be bothered to do a little research when they see something they don’t understand.
Research? Why that would require effort and a little work. Who has time for that when you can just whine and beg for another handout?
Update: Reader RD suggest the authorities use something like this: