Laurie Penny, a writer, journalist and activist from London, writes regularly for The New Statesman and the Independent. She is the author of Penny Red: Notes From the New Age of Dissent.
Attacks on peaceful protesters rarely make the police or government look anything but weak and cowardly.
Visiting occupations in New York, Madrid, London and beyond, one finds almost eerie similarities, but also important differences.
The battle for the Internet has politicized prankster cybercollectives like Anonymous--and now authorities are cracking down.