It strikes me that the police are being rather heavy handed in responding to what seems a relatively harmless protest, both in Sydney and elsewhere. There is footage somewhere of an Iraq veteran being felled by a tear gas (I think) canister somewhere in the US. I've not seen evidence these protests have been anything other than peaceful. Why the extreme response? I'm not sure the Occupy movement necessarily has a clear position, but they certainly have the right to protest and the police response seems to be designed to discourage protesters from returning rather than ensuring there is no public nuisance. To my mind, that is starting to move towards policing I'm not comfortable with. I'm not there so can't verify other than via what I've read. Any thoughts?