You have the right to remain silent…

April 17, 2010

AZERBAIJAN/

Blog Guy, are you forgetting something? You haven’t given your coveted Visual Irony Award for this month. That’s the only reason many of us read your blog.

Wow, is it really that time again? Thanks for the reminder. The latest Visual Irony Award goes to a plain-clothes policeman in Azerbaijan.

AZERBAIJAN/In where?

Oh, you know, it’s over  there near Europe or someplace, I think.

You don’t even know where it is, do you?

Not a clue. Anyway, the cop in our photos here is arresting an activist.

I see. And what is this guy demanding?

Freedom of speech.

Ah, I think I see where you’re going with this, Blog Guy. Good choice! I’ll be back next month.

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A plain-clothes policeman detains an opposition activist demanding for freedom of speech during a rally in central Baku, April 14, 2010. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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I’m speechless.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Discreetly Candid.

Posted by Ismailtaimur | Report as abusive

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the paying of money is a speech act protected by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Money doesn’t only talk; it has a constitutional right to talk!

I’m sure the activist in this pic later got to exercise freedom of speech by paying through his nose, along with bleeding through it….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

That ‘activist’ looks like Robert Di Niro, having put on some weight.

And as his character Travis Bickle said in the movie “Taxi Driver,” “You talkin’ to me?”

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

I agree with Bill :-) hahhahha

Posted by Caglar | Report as abusive

Hey… isn’t that Eugene “Potty Mouth” Johnson!?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

[...] Blog de Guy, se te olvida algo? No ha dado a su codiciado premio Visual ironía para este mes. Esa es la única razón por la que muchos de nosotros leer tu blog. . . URL del artículo original http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/04/17/you-have-the-right-to-remain-si lent/ [...]

Mr Policeman has three hands !

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

That must make him a handful on dates!

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Unca, hell no, I’m talented enough with two thanks !

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Well, I know a sure shot way to get someone to take their hand of my mouth… and its not quite pleasant…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

If only they could do that to all politicians… ;-)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

PilotGuy, I do think you’re right. Except for the eyeglasses, he could very well be. Not, the question is where did he drop off the rest of his accessories…

Somehow, I’m happy I’m not that cop with one of this three hands over the guys mouth.

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

If it is Eugene, then I’m guessing the cop is covering his face because he has … wait for it … a potty mouth!

Posted by BethyB | Report as abusive

[...] Blog Guy, tu oublies quelque chose? Vous n'avez pas donné votre convoité Visual Irony Award pour ce mois-ci. C'est la seule raison pour laquelle beaucoup d'entre nous lire votre blog. . . URL article original: http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/04/17/you-have-the-right-to-remain-si lent/ [...]

That cop really does have three hands! It’s totally blowing my mind!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive