Once again our Clarion subscribers told us exactly what you think of a literally burning issue of the day: Riots? No Way.
We asked you if this type of protest is ever legitimate after days of violence and destruction by migrants and locals in Nantes, France.
As many as 95.5% of respondents said all protest is legitimate but only if it is within the law.
The remaining 4.5% argued these days rioting the only way to can change society.
Here are your comments while below them is the original Clarion podcast that launched the debate:
Politicians should be more open to concerns expressed by citizens, and deal with those concerns rather than ignoring them. Violence such as that in Nantes and elsewhere is never an acceptable means to achieve anything.
Rioting solves nothing. It only creates more problems while destroying a possible important concern. We teach children to use their words, not their hands.
The longer the West allows this insanity to continue, the more difficult it’s going to be to put a stop to it.
Civil disobedience has always carried criminal penalties. These need to be applied at times to a large number of people.
Our laws are, in the main, just. We need to work within them.
In a democracy we have elections as a tool for change. There should be no need for violence.
I strongly agree that protests should be legal, but those who use violence and intimidation should be arrested and prosecuted.
The whole point of freedom of speech is to avoid physical violence. Any word, no matter how difficult to hear, is better than destructive physical violence.
Riots in Western countries are overwhelmingly extremist acts of violence by authortarian leftist groups, Islamists and minorities intent on imposing their culture over the Western culture.
If violent riots are acceptable, then the entire idea of reasoned argument is destroyed. Riots are, by nature, explosions of malevolent emotion, designed to kill, maim, and destroy. There is nothing productive about a riot, and it achieves one of two results. Either it is crushed and disavowed, or its promulgators are appeased, thus guaranteeing more riots, as they are proven successful.