THERE are people who claim that they fight for free speech, even of those who would endeavor to rise up in arms against established authority. These are the same people who would argue that even hardened criminals should be given due process, and that everyone should be entitled to a second chance.

They protest when the mighty hand of the State moves to curtail the freedoms of those who, in reality, are actually plotting to commit, or are in fact already involved in, political violence. When a student activist turned rebel dies in an armed encounter, there is always a blanket denial about the real political activities in that such a person is actually engaged. They appeal that everyone is free to participate in political activism; more so if it is against an abusive regime.

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