NavalGent said:While I do not agree with their cause, or their method of protest, these people did not deserve to be run over. The idea that they suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening assault for their political beliefs, however misguided, is not the kind of action that I would defend.
Wesley Down Under said:I dont think there was deliberate criminal intent here, as he most likely thought they would move as he inched forward, but then when it was obvious he ran over someone, he must have thought, 'if I stop I will be beaten or killed by the mob', so panic yes, deliberate try to kill, no.
Greymatters said:The question that has to be asked here is "What was so important that the driver had to continue going forward, despite the obvious risk of injury to protesters?" As long as there was no immediate threat to the driver's life, there was really no reason for the driver to continue moving forward. All you can do is wait for the police/security forces to show up and restore order... which will be the exact question asked of him when he goes to trial for some form of vehicular homicide.
Its the same kind of mentality that gets people into trouble at union picket lines...
uncle-midget-boyd said:...but I honestly think that he should only face a minor charge such as paying for the hospital bills for the injured protester.