on opposite sides of the barricade(s)

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on opposite sides of the barricade(s)

Occupying conflicting, opposing, and/or contrary positions on some issue or in some situation. Unfortunately, it seems more and more to be the case that those who would see the economy recover and those who strive for social equality find themselves on opposite sides of the barricade.
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Among the topics are creating spaces for the discipline's development in Albania, on opposite sides of the barricade in Belarus, the legacy of discontinuity in Bulgaria, advantages to Estonia of being small, Georgia at the crossroads between science and ideology, Moldova beginning the integration into the European research network, the struggle for autonomy in Serbia, and from quantity to quality in Ukraine.
NEWHALL - Glenda Thompson Bona and Rich Goss are on opposite sides of the barricades blocking Valley Street and Calgrove Boulevard.