Back in 1992 I went to the Republican National Convention in Houston to protest with ACT UP. It was an experience I will remember forever - the chants, the planning, the big protest with a Bush doll burning in effigy and the mounted police charging the protesters.
Somewhere here at home I have a VHS tape with video of the protest and the police surge as they swung billy clubs and trampled activists. I remember vividly punching a police horse in the nose to keep from getting injured and beaten.
When I see video from this year's Republican convention, I'm automatically swept back to that time. I think, "Horses and billy clubs have turned to tear gas and concussion grenades. What has happened to America? When did we turn into the society of Akira?!?"
Compare and contrast videos after the jump. Either way it seems the government is actively working to hurt and suppress human rights and our ability to assemble peacefully.