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Truth in Media

Polish fan holding a flare gets burned when security guard sprays him with pepper spray.
Polish fan holding a flare gets burned when security guard sprays him with pepper spray.

So we all know that media shows what they want us to see. Many times we only see part of the big picture and it makes it look much worse than it actually is. Take a look at the attached picture. How does it make you feel? What is going on? Did the offender get what he deserved? Who is to blame?

Obviously, you know that I am going to prove your initial response as inaccurate. In the picture it is blatantly obvious that the fan was being prayed with pepper spray from the security guard who was supposed to be reacting non-violently. The guard did not have a weapon and he was acting with the proper authority.

However, the fan looks as if he is engulfed in flames. He looks as if a flamethrower is being used to burn him to death. That is what the media who posted this picture wants us to think. They want us to believe that the viscous guard was out to kill this Soccer (Football) fan.

However that is not what happened at all. The fans brought flares into the arena. This fan had climbed up in an unauthorized area and would not get down. He was endangering himself and the other fans, as well as the staff and player.

The guards went in to get him down and sprayed him with pepper spray. It is unknown if the guard realized that the aerosol spray would react with the flare. (If I was the guard, I would never have thought about. Like the time I sprayed bug spray too close to a camp fire.)

In the video below you will see that the flame flared up for a split second, the guard stopped spraying, and the fan dropped the flare and ran off. The fan may have left with a little bit of singed hair and smoky clothes. He was probably more damaged by the pepper spray in his nose mouth and eye, than the brief inferno.

Don’t believe everything you see in the media, the media can spin everything the way they want you to see it. It makes you wonder what else they are lying about.

 

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