You can indeed. In Toronto most of our park benches now have so many armrests along their length as to make it impossible for a person -- a homeless person, for instance -- to lie down and fall asleep. This reflects that in our country, people have little sympathy for the homeless.
Also note that, at one University in Paris where I used to teach (Paris X - Nanterre, an essentially communist faculty if I ever saw one) the campus was at the the heart of the student movements in the sixties (before my time, but I heard a lot about it): the university authorities had 'renovated' the campus, placing 'fences' along the walkways and so on, to guide traffic, keep pedestrians away from the roads, and guide the movements of the people. The students called it 'fascist'.
Student or Learner