After a night of chaos in Milwaukee as rioters took exception to the Police shooting dead a career criminal armed with a semiautomatic weapon, The Guardian in reporting events has accidentally misidentified rioters as protestors.
The mistake on the part of The Guardian appears to be an error of word choice as the actions of the rioters are fairly accurately listed:
Scores of protesters clashed with police, set fire to buildings and threw rocks and bricks in Milwaukee on Saturday night, after an officer shot and killed an armed man who fled from police earlier that evening.
Skirmishes between protesters and police continue on the city’s north side until after midnight.
A fire burned for hours at a gas station in Sherman Park, with firefighters unable to approach because of gunshots in the area. They also extinguished blazes at a bank branch, car parts store and beauty supply store.
One officer was injured by a brick hurled into a squad car. Another car was set alight and had its windows broken, the Milwaukee police said.
The listed activities of those The Guardian refers to as ‘protestors’ are clearly far more indicative of a riot than a protest. Making those who took part ‘rioters’. Protestors generally do not burn down buildings, fire guns at Firemen, attack police with bricks, or get involved in ‘skirmishes’.
Dumb Times wishes to help The Guardian to make more accurate word choices in future. Here, then, are the definitions of the verb forms of ‘riot’ and ‘protest’:
Protest: to publicly demonstrate strong objection to an official policy or course of action.
Riot: to take part in a violent public disturbance.
Here at Dumb Times we suspect the writers at The Guardian have, in a fit of absence of mind, forgotten the existence of the appropriate word, ‘rioters’, and we hope we have helped them to remember it exists.