Ferguson: Amnesty International

As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.

Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.

Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.

Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.

Amnesty International? And here we thought it was bad enough the Russians had sent a reporter over…or that Palestine and Egypt offered up helpful advice about tear gas for the Ferguson protestors:


Ferguson, Missouri, may not be the equivalent of the so-called Arab Spring, but it does share at least one commonality – a world-wide, instantaneous interest.

To see how big this has become on Twitter, click here. And notice the flash of multiple Tweets in Istanbul, which offers protest strategy and advice gained through ill luck.

Hell, people – Iran’s supreme leader offered up a snarky Tweet.

Though Ferguson isn’t quite a third-world country, there are striking similarities in how the rest of the world learned of, and continues to react to, the Ferguson protests

The hoary adage “all politics are local” may still obtain. However it’s also true that all local politics are now just as likely to be global.

In an instant.

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