About an hour into Assassin's creed, I'm constantly either being pestered by poor people for money, or being pushed around by a mentally unstable person (for no reason other than being in their way). I know that killing the innocent is against the creed, but what about punching?
Since I encounter a lot of these folk, I'm wondering: can I punch these people/grab them and throw them to the ground without raising my alert level (i.e. will my status change to red and will people start calling me an infidel)?
Also, since killing a certain number of innocents causes the Animus to reinitialise after a certain number of kills, does this apply to hitting people? Can I punch as many people as I want without fear of reinitialisation?