From Bloomberg Businessweek:
Provoking police is part of protesters' strategy to get noticed, said Michael Heaney, a political science professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who has researched social movements.... The arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge may have a bigger effect on public opinion. "This gets you into the prime time," said David Meyer, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine and author of "The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America." The question activists face is "'How do you do something that generates news, which doesn't implicate you for being at fault?' And I guess New York City police were really helpful in this regard."

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