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Why This Moment Feels Different

What marks these protests is their longevity and camaraderie

Protesters in Oakland, California, on June 3. Photo: Philip Pacheco/Getty Images

the last week, I have been party to a dozen or so eye flushes. It’s a simple act, using a water bottle to clear someone’s eyes of chemical irritants after they’ve been tear-gassed. The volume of eye flushes signals, for me, a rapid development in protesting — I performed only two eye flushes all of last…