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The citations DO NOT support the statement that "some organizations claim Brennan provoked the attack". At least having searched Fomer (through questia) and Freeman (through jstor), I see no statement that backs up the quote.--Work permit (talk) 01:31, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Since the New Yort Times seems to be the main source of this article I think the article reflects some shallow reporting by the NY Times. The counter demonstration (riot) was preplaned and I know this first hand because I walked into a business in Union City, New Jersey earlier that week and found about a half a dozen men with hacksaws cutting rebar into 12 to 18 inch lengths. When I asked what was going on I was informed these were to be weapons to breakup a "hippie demonstration in New York." These men were not construction workers but knew of the hard hats' plan ahead of time and went to New York to join the group. They were not casually drawn into the group they were there specifically to join the riot. Also I clearly remember the TV photos of the riot and doubt the bloody injuries to the student's came from being hit on their heads by the hard hats. I don't doubt some people were hit by hard hats being wielded as weapons, but I'm sure the weapon of choice for the day were the rebars.
The box on the right identifies Charles "Chuck" Colson as a "perpetrator". The article explains he reached out to the union leaders after the riot, but on what basis can he be called a "perpetrator" of the riot itself? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:57, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Given the demographics of hardhats in NY at the time and the fact that some of the hardhats in question "ripped the Red Cross and Episcopal Church flags down from a flag pole at nearby Trinity Church", I think it is fair to say, just as with the New York draft riots, when two Protestant churches were burnt to the ground, that the overwhelming majority of the hardhat thugs were Catholics, as I have added. Quis separabit? 21:11, 23 April 2016 (UTC)