Militant anarchists have always been the most creative of agitators. So it's not surprising that they may be turning to the usage of lasers as means of countering law enforcement tactical advantage. Robert J. Bunker has an interesting article at Red Team Journal on the usage of both weak and strong lasers against law enforcement. Most recently, rioters last December in Greece attacked police by concentrating green lasers into a focused mass. This blinds and causes injury, disrupting tactical police organization and response. As Bunker points out (no pun intended), many riots take place at night--when the human eye is most dilated. "Lasers provide the rioters with a stand-off less-lethal weapon with a greater range than that of responding riot control police forces," Bunker warns.
Sprinkled throughout the piece are some interesting vignettes about laser usage by rioters, including the theft of an industrial laser by a British anarchist group that apparently brought down a police helicopter. Also interesting is Bunker's overview of directed energy weapons about to be fielded by law enforcement--the Area Denial System (ADS) and infra-red PhaSR. If Robert D. Kaplan and John Robb are correct about future political violence resulting from the economic collapse, the ADS and PhaSR (or variations on the models) may become a part of the urban battlespace.