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Preempting Dissent

  • April 25, 2016

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Protest & Policing

Preempting Dissent interrogates the expansion of the so-called “Miami-Model” of protest policing, a set of strategies developed in the wake of 9/11.

The creative commons documentary Preempting Dissent (2014) builds upon the book of the same name, written by Greg Elmer and Andy Opel. The film is a culmination of a collaborative process of soliciting, collecting and editing video, still images and creative commons music files from people around the world.

Preempting Dissent interrogates the expansion of the so-called “Miami model” of protest policing, a set of strategies developed in the wake of 9/11 to preempt forms of mass protest at major events in the US and worldwide. The film tracks the development of the Miami model after the WTO protests in Seattle 1999, through the post-9/11 years, FTAA & G8/20 summits, and most recently the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The film exposes the political, social and economic roots of preemptive forms of protest policing and their manifestations in spatial tactics, the deployment of so-called “less-lethal” weapons, and surveillance regimes. The film notes, however, that new social movements have themselves begun to adopt preemptive tactics so as not to fall into the trap set for them by police agencies worldwide.

An extended interview with Greg Elmer can be found here.

Greg Elmer

Greg Elmer is Bell Globemedia Research Chair, Professor of Radio TV Arts, and Director of the Infoscape Research Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

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Andy Opel

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Source URL — https://roarmag.org/films/preempting-dissent/

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