Does the writer use a sarcastic tone in this letter to the editor about The Occupy Movement?Great sacrifice to voice opinion ONE has to admire these protesters in the city for the sacrifice they...

Does the writer use a sarcastic tone in this letter to the editor about The Occupy Movement?

Great sacrifice to voice opinion

ONE has to admire these protesters in the city for the sacrifice they have made to voice their opinion. I am sure many have sacrificed study, so risk failing exams; others have lost wages from their employment and, when they do finally return home, may find that their squats have been boarded over. 

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It is hard to tell for sure because the letter is so very short.  There are conflicting signs within the letter.  The author of the letter has done a poor job of making his or her point clear.  However, it is very difficult to read the last part of the letter as anything but sarcasm.  There, the writer describes the sacrifices the protesters will make when they "do finally return home."  (We should note that the "do finally" makes it sound as if the writer is sick of them being out in public and wishes they would go home.)  The writer chooses to depict the protesters returning "home" to "their squats."  It is very difficult to imagine someone who genuinely admires the protesters choosing to portray them all as a bunch of squatters.

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