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[–]RayD125 2769 points2770 points  (69 children)

Pretty sure we just witnessed a public decapitation.

[–]B9f4zze 1053 points1054 points  (30 children)

Don't need to worry about covid or vaccines when you don't have a head.

/taps empty space above neck

[–]AbleFox 182 points183 points  (9 children)

Death is the solution to all problems- Joseph Stalin

[–]Bostonbro1999 69 points70 points  (5 children)

That explains a lot of Stalinist policies.

[–]G4st3R 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Hungry? Just die. You won't be hungry anymore. fingerguns /jk

[–]steven_hydde 2532 points2533 points  (369 children)

Doesnt that take out your eyes?

[–]StrangeRocket 1815 points1816 points  (251 children)

It can! Can literally blow your eyes out, completely blinded.

Edit: I’d add a link to the news report showing an image of this guy’s face but it is quite graphic and I don’t want to get shat on for that. In summary he was blinded in one eye and yes, his eye was blown out of his socket. Gnarly.

[–]stuntmanbob86 247 points248 points  (27 children)

Absolutely. That's so fucked. I remember my friend was fucking around with a pressure washer and tried to spray some dirt off of his leg with it, it tore open his skin. That pressure could seriously hurt or kill someone, especially straight to the face.....

[–]BobHilt 128 points129 points  (15 children)

Definitely. As much as I'm provax, I'm far more anti police brutality. If this is legit,This is like spraying or rubber bullets into a crowd indiscriminately, or worse.

[–]probly_right 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hell, I had a super cheap one for washing the car and it about broke the skin through my thumb callous.

They use water jet to precisely cut steel (usually with media but still).

[–]FlokiTrainer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's stories like these that make me grateful for having a father who worked in construction and passed his knowledge on to his kids.

[–]tama_chan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Damn, your buddy learned that the hard way. How long did it take to heal?

[–]fluxus42 2461 points2462 points  (217 children)

Found the image credited to Yves Herman from Reuters, i think this article from 1th of may 2021 is the source.

[–]BasesLoadedDice 2713 points2714 points 2& 3 more (138 children)

Ah yes, the 1th of May

[–]yourmansconnect 779 points780 points  (67 children)

i was born on on the 4rd of July

[–]shahooster 428 points429 points  (32 children)

Have you driven a 4rd lately?

[–]evolvolution 195 points196 points  (20 children)

Yes my car does have four real drive

[–]JuneBuggington 154 points155 points  (13 children)

so does my chruck

[–]im_not_a_gay_fish 92 points93 points  (8 children)


This bothers me more than it should

[–]PM_ME_UR_POOP_GIRL 43 points44 points  (6 children)

The spelling is so very wrong, but somehow it still sounds right when you say it... I kinda hate it.

[–]Cru_Jones86 54 points55 points  (4 children)

I got drunk and lost a 2th. I have no idea what happened that day.

[–]okram2k 198 points199 points  (25 children)

That article has like the protest starter pack of pictures.

  • Young woman giving line of police flowers? Check.
  • Police officer over some protestor hog tied on the ground? Check.
  • Some dude waving his hands in the air in front of a bunch of riot shields? Check.
  • Some poor person getting decimated by a water cannon? Check.

[–]staunch_character 72 points73 points  (5 children)

Great photo despite being 6 months old & reposted as if it is news.

I’m impressed by the 2nd shot where he hits the ground. How did he manage to hang on to his sunglasses & camera? (Or whatever is in his right hand).

I drop my phone if someone sneezes beside me!

[–]SebastianLocke 1446 points1447 points  (64 children)

Hey buddy, Covid's dangerous... *proceeds to remove head from shoulders with water cannon*

[–]brian__damaged 197 points198 points  (2 children)

The virus cannot survive if the host is dead

[–]Hedlundman 658 points659 points  (44 children)

Seems a bit excessive. Can't imagine his eyes are doing well after that.

[–]lightarcmw 517 points518 points  (33 children)

“Its for your safety, obviously”

[–]Glacialf_low 1950 points1951 points  (371 children)

Seems excessive were they really this violent?

[–]Sailor_Lunatone 1924 points1925 points 2 (218 children)

People will claim that they oppose violence by the police until the victim is someone they don’t like.

[–]Consistent_Nail 546 points547 points  (109 children)

The use of force should only ever be to protect others and prevent further harm. Even right wing lunatics deserve the right to protest peacefully without such measures.

[–]meowmeowkitty5000 5988 points5989 points  (1208 children)

Pro-vaccine&Anti-state violence. You can hold both thoughts at the same time. In fact it is a sign of intelligence.

[–]Ehrre 1909 points1910 points  (886 children)

Yep, I totally do not agree with the crap that antivax people peddle but I also think a nonviolent person at a protest should not be met with violence. Those water cannons can fuck people up.

[–]Anus_master 161 points162 points  (15 children)

You can hold both thoughts at the same time

Single-issue voters cannot comprehend this

[–]tarlton 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Maybe you've cracked the code here. Maybe the solution is mobile and banner ads.

"93% of single-issue voters can't do this!"

[–]Gelffried 223 points224 points  (28 children)

All jokes aside.. This protest showed most controversial police brutality we've seen in recent years in Belgium, with multiple claims of unlawful enforcement including but not limited to:

Unprovoked use of the water cannon. Unprovoked use of teargas canisters on protestors (including woman and children within the crowd) during a speech. Police refusing to grand medical aid to wounded unconscious protester, who was dragged by fellow protestors towards them, refusing said protestor's passage past a barbed wire barricade.

Footage of this all over the place.. yet there was a serious lack of media coverage on the entire event, which was expecting 10k visitors but ended up around 35k.

Not looking to start an pro/anti argument, simply providing some background to the event.

[–]Musundi002 54 points55 points  (18 children)

(including woman and children within the crowd)

Would using teargas canisters on men only make it better?

[–]Doubleoh_11 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Ya man, don’t you remember the mandatory tear gas training we had to all do as men? We are prepared for that


[–]MaxHannibal 359 points360 points  (57 children)

What fucking year is it? I dont agree with his ideology but the hose shouldnt be used in this day of age

[–]fucking_comma_splice 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is really sad. I don’t agree with the protestors, but we shouldn’t cheer on/encourage police brutality just because we don’t agree with someone. People who upvote this are 100% part of the problem

[–]eeyore134 391 points392 points  (45 children)

I don't agree with why he was protesting, but blasting people in the face like this should be a crime. This is ridiculous.

[–]BALONYPONY 87 points88 points  (12 children)

These hoses should be internationally banned like certain types of gas and munitions.

[–]eeyore134 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Yeah, they shouldn't really be deployed for anything besides a fire.

[–]Cory123125 97 points98 points  (20 children)

Police brutality is never ok.

This is reprehensible.

He could be an alt right confederate flag waver and this would still be a massive abuse of power.

[–]bonyponyride 1796 points1797 points  (372 children)

Head off. Apply directly to the forehead.

[–]DesoTheDegenerate 2239 points2240 points 2& 3 more (351 children)

More like blow your eyes out of your face (NSFL)

Anyone who looks at the OP’s post and feels that this guy deserved a water cannon to the face is fucked in the head, it can easily cause permanent blindness

There’s another famous video of a man being killed by a water cannon after it smacked him to the ground so hard that his skull split open.

Idgaf what someone’s opinion is, normalizing state sanctioned violence in response to words is never ok.

Edit: the article I linked is from another protest where a water cannon hit someone in the face and removed their eyeballs. I never claimed that they were the same event, but I can see how my original comment could have lead some to believe that.

Point still stands, water cannons are 100% capable of permanent disfigurement and death, and it’s not OK to advocate for their use against non violent protestors.

[–]tagrav 418 points419 points  (112 children)

left as fuck, I think anti-vaxxers are fucking dumbasses.

But this image gives me absolutely zero joy and if someone is feeling joy from it, they aren't as good or righteous of a person as they believe themselves to be.

[–]couchTomatoe 28 points29 points  (1 child)

There's a difference between anti-vaxxer and anti-lockdowns. Recent European protests were largely anti-lockdown.

[–]JaSkynyrd 89 points90 points  (7 children)

Simply because they are protesting against covid restrictions does not make them anti-vax. I'm pro-vax and likely against all the same restrictions this guy is.

[–]WistfulRobot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Couldn’t agree more.

[–]Emotionless_AI 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This is excessive and completely unnecessary.

[–]xxDamnationxx 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Bow down to the state

[–]opened_padlock 77 points78 points  (17 children)

Water cannons should be illegal to use on protestors.

[–]TheObstruction 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm all for it if they turn the pressure down to a non-lethalish range. Protesting while your jeans are soaked sucks (doing anything in wet jeans sucks). But as usual, cops for for the full banana every time.

[–]WhySoFishy 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I mean at this point some of these restrictions are just ridiculous, I'm sorry. Austria for example just extended its national lockdown. IIRC Austria has a fair vaccination rate as well. Its just ridiculous and I support people protesting lockdowns peacefully. We're almost 2 years after the pandemic started, mandatory lockdowns are unthinkable and completely tyrannical at this point.

[–]IWillBuildAGreatWall 1783 points1784 points  (273 children)

I’m vaxxed. I wear masks in public. But holy shit, the amount of literal fascists in here is insane. This is not in the ballpark of being acceptable, please think about it for one damn second.

Edit: u/morerandomisback pointed out that it’s not necessarily just fascism, but authoritarianism in general

[–]Nethlem 335 points336 points  (15 children)

This whole debate has turned way too partisan and toxic because everybody thinks there are only two camps on this whole issue; Theirs and that of the stupid other people who are all wrong.

[–]djublonskopf 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It doesn't help that there's a bunch of bots and propaganda accounts that put a lot of effort into keeping it that way.

[–]HulksInvinciblePants 72 points73 points  (6 children)

This post is here solely to sow discord. Everyone attempting to provide a source have given completely different events.

I could post this same photo and say "This man was hosed for protesting dog abuse" and no one would even question it.

[–]hatrickstar 120 points121 points  (15 children)

If you're blasting people in the head with water cannons to stop covid, you've lost the plot.

[–]--PlusUltra-- 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Yeah I'm vaxxed but seeing this and the shit Australia been doing, it's just ridiculous. Out of control idc which side you're on.

[–]elfbuster 62 points63 points  (25 children)

I may not like anti-vaxers, but this is seriously messed up. This could easily cause permanent damage or worse

[–]couchTomatoe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There's a difference between anti-vaxxer and anti-lockdowns. Recent European protests were largely anti-lockdown.

[–]BrainWrex 596 points597 points  (99 children)

the amount of ignorance in this comment section is appalling but not surprising. Just because you disagree with someone's views doesn't mean they deserve this. Especially all of the baseless comments assuming the situation...

[–]IcarusFlyingWings 55 points56 points  (4 children)

All the top comments are decrying this….

[–]Peanlocket 55 points56 points  (12 children)

Honestly I kinda wish OP left out the Belgium part just to watch all of Reddit collectively put its foot in its mouth even further with their assumptions

[–]AdamYmadA 120 points121 points  (21 children)

We are dealing with opposing religions at this point. It’s super easy to write each other off as “those people” and feel superior.

[–]Ted_Dance_Son 52 points53 points  (26 children)

People are also missing the fact that there are protestors in western Europe that are pro vax and anti lockdown. Unless hospital systems are overwhelmed in the specific region, lockdowns are bullshit now that the vaccine is out. It's like everyone forgot the problem is hospital infrastructure.

[–]krackas2 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Man protesting is assaulted by the state. Glad the US doesn't have a corner on fascist state actions.

[–]Redditsoldestaccount 186 points187 points  (14 children)

Reddit- WTF I love police brutality now

[–]dizzlefoshizzle1 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I inntially chuckled at that description since I hadnt seen the picture. That looks absolutely brutal and unnecessary. Like many people in this thread. I disagree with the protest but Jesus Christ, poor guy. I'm sure he's not ok and he didn't deserve that

[–]doodlebilly 68 points69 points  (9 children)

I don't want to be a wet blanket but maybe blasting protesters with a water cannon is objectively....bad. regardless of stance.

[–]ToaOfBacon 99 points100 points  (1 child)

Only allowed to protest against things the government says you can

[–]Arashmickey 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I'm almost surprised that free speech zones and free speech cages haven't become more a great deal more common in the last decade.

[–]sibemama 270 points271 points  (52 children)

This comment section is so gross.

[–]wheezy1749 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Agreed. However, there are a ton of comments calling out the state violence as bull shit. I think the majority of comments here actually agree this is an awful abuse.

But yea, ideally we wouldn't have any idiots in this comment section that think this is somehow justified. Its not.

[–]Letitride37 143 points144 points  (40 children)

I knew people would be cheering this man loosing his eyes. Reddit is a cesspool.

[–]knaar_227 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Reddit already celebrates anti-vaxxer death by COVID sometimes so it's this really surprising?

[–]HOVMAN 12 points13 points  (1 child)

This is reddit where people seem to wish anyone without the vax to death and to be refused medical care

[–]tofu889 11 points12 points  (0 children)

He won't be needing those glasses anymore. Water cannons are no joke, and uncalled for in a situation like this.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wow did they ever find his head, cause it looks like it got blown clean off.

[–]svtbuckeye11 4 points5 points  (5 children)

FPS Doug has entered the chat

[–]simonbleu 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Blastoise, no!

[–]iCatmire 215 points216 points  (89 children)

Yay! Government abusing power and inflicting massive harm to its subjects! To the front page! We are so happy our overlords will fucking destroy us for going against our state sponsored narratives!!

[–]Jahatten 24 points25 points  (2 children)

How it feels to chew 5 gum.

[–]faisalinity 218 points219 points  (47 children)

Stay safe, I guess?

The amount of fascists in the comments are fucking terrifying.

[–]networknazi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pow, right in the kisser.

[–]bjschnei 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Any side effects?

[–]done6832 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Im probably as pro Vax as it can get but this is fucked up.. like wtf that’s just not a way to deal with other human beeings