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It's too easy to overlay an urbanist narrative onto the past month's protests in Turkish and Brazilian cities. It's more important to see how the protests contradict even some pro-urban discourses such as "the prosperity of cities", and even more important to reform the world's police forces to make protests more effective democratic instruments, and less tragic, as Kerwin Datu argues.

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It seems too easy to search amongst the causes of the protests for nothing more than confirmation of one's own pet interests.

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