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Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator'

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Illustration of a rally where “peaceful protesters” march alongside “violent looters.”

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Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good?

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