Protests challenge the power of the authorities. Having to defend their every move shows how weak they really are. They respond the only way they know how, which is with a greater police presence. The police counter-attack with methods that infringe rights and threaten the liberties of all. Reminiscent of police operations in pre-Revolutionary Russia, the New York Police Department “infiltrated and spied on protest groups across the country” prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC). Agents provocateurs were also reported.