Older protestors were more likely able to anticipate what was coming the moment they saw their paramilitary gear-laden "public servants," towing their not-so-bad sounding "Sound Canons" (mind you, which can crush your eardrums and make them bleed) behind them.
And many old-timers already knew through direct experience that in the United States the freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and freedom of speech -- all of which establish the right to protest -- have little more than sentimental value in our history books (many of which, at this rate, will soon be burned).
After all, we are in the post-911, post-PATRIOT Act era. What's a little pepper spray, considering the crimes against humanity perpetuated of late by our once great nation-state, on self (citizens) and other ( resource-rich countries), in the name of universal freedom, security and democracy?
So, what is pepper spray, after all? It certainly sounds "natural" -- far less harmful, that is, than its technical classification as a "chemical weapon."
While pepper spray invariably contains an extract of hot peppers (technical name: oleoresin capsicum), it is actually a mixture of petrochemicals, including: anti-freeze (propylene glycol), benzyl alcohol, and a variety of other strange-sounding chemicals, nearly impossible to pronounce, and with next to no toxicological data available to confirm or refute their safety.
Would be proud of this if you were a cop?