Commander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 9 Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6734 times:
Ye merry band of revelers. What an embarrassment for the people of London and for Britain to let this happen. The world sets its stage in London and you let ye merry revelers do this? Quite sad actually. Don’t continue to embarrass yourselves. The world is looking.
Yeah sure it is.
But you expect others to pay for yours?
Fake blood. Fake anger. Fake cause.
“Take a photo while this capitalist storm trooper bashes me over me wee little head.”
She did manage to Tweet “I’m going to jail. Hurraaaaay!”
Hiding your face? Why? You coward.
Making a deposit at the Bank of England.
Making a withdrawal at the Bank of England.
Nice manicure. Anarchist slob nail polish from Chanel is all the rage in fashion circles these days.
The ultimate hippy salute. Spread the love maggot.
The London street cleaners need to get to work. There’s trash everywhere.
*nitpicking* That's the Royal Bank of Scotland *nitpicking*
I suppose this is a prime example of mob mentality, because I'm fairly sure that few normal persons think it's okay to start vandalizing private property, but once you're in a mob - all rules are out of the window.
Look on the bright side, at least they won't cave in to the demands of the protestors (not that I think that would be possible anyway), unlike the current mayor of Copenhagen who gave a community centre to the former users of Ungdomshuset after they had spent a few weeks waging a war on the streets.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12970 posts, RR: 79 Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6673 times:
Not the Bank Of England, but a (closed) branch of the failed, still rewarding those who failed, had to be nationalized, RBS bank.
Yes those in the pictures are idiots, but there is real anger across the political spectrum with banks like this.
I note in the TV footage one of them, a fairly distance looking man (fat, curly hair), neglected to cover his face.
It will likely soon to suck to be him, if as is likely, he has 'form' for this sort of thing. Is 'known to police'.
London has more demos in a year than any other city, most of course are totally peaceful, big and small, many generated by the diversity of people there, from just about everywhere.
So it's not like the Met Police are new to this.
What was threatened today has not, it seems, emerged in anything like the form feared.
Basically, they are hemmed in.
This hemming them in also worked to quieten down the 2001 May Day demo after violence in previous years.
Then they fizzled out as demos.
Not over yet, but I'd say that the real scope for very major trouble has come and gone.
4000 of them in the City it seems, they had been boasting of numbers in the tens or hundreds of thousands.
Bongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3334 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6634 times:
Quoting Commander_Rabb (Thread starter): Ye merry band of revelers. What an embarrassment for the people of London and for Britain to let this happen. The world sets its stage in London and you let ye merry revelers do this? Quite sad actually. Don’t continue to embarrass yourselves. The world is looking.
Every G8 or G20 conference, in the past few years has attracted this sort of rent a mob, regardless of the host nation.
Fortunately, we still believe in free speech, and as yet do not shoot protestors. I'm sure there are a number of countries who could teach us a thing or two about supressing protest, but I don't think we really want to go down that route.
Whilst I personally think the protestors, are in the main a bunch of deluded, work shy, left wing soap dodgers and resent payng my taxes, in order for them to claim their unemployment benefit, at least we don't kill them as a result.
The one thing I cannot understand however is, why can't these conferences be held on a cruise liner out to sea; this would mean the police could get on with their usual jobs.
Oa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26067 posts, RR: 58 Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6610 times:
Quoting CPH-R (Reply 2): *nitpicking* That's the Royal Bank of Scotland *nitpicking*
They should never have held this in London. It should have been somewhere remote in the countryside. Some young banker was standing out on the balcony looking at the protesters and they all chanted up at him ''jump,jump''. These are the kind of sick people you are dealing with. Another effigy of a banker dressed in a suit was burned on the street. Nice people. They should be arrested and have their benefits taken off them.
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Oh I get it alright. I understand the rule of LAW in that the actions by these protesters damaging private and public property is not a price that any one of us should pay.
The right to protest. Yes. The right to damage property and create mayhem. No.
Even a Brit should know the difference in that right.
Cheers and good luck tomorrow unless London gets tough on these fools. My guess is after the negative press that London had today they will. We will hold our collective breath and suffocate in the process no doubt.
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17 Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6583 times:
Frankly they are fighting for what many over here battle for everyday . Tear down industry and instill government control or whatever. Our own administration has laid the ground work for them by demonizing our capitalist system... so why are we surprised ? They are socialist or communist take you pick .... same same .
They are emboldened by the socialist victories being scored over here. They love it . What a mess ... change .
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
TristarAtLCA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 583 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6573 times:
Quoting Commander_Rabb (Reply 14): The right to protest. Yes. The right to damage property and create mayhem. No.
And I don't disagree with you, but ....
If you can guarantee one without the other in the world of G8/20 protests then you would be a very wealthy man. And yes. If the price of freedom of speech and expression is some broken office furniture and glass it is indeed a small price to pay.
Just out of interest, how would you have handled it?
Qantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 309 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6566 times:
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11): I think Alf from Home and Away put it best in one episode from many years ago:
"Flamin' long-haired, greenie hippy yahoos!"
Haha cheers on that great quote!
I haven't experienced any of it today however I haven't been wandering in the more "dangerous" areas lately. I don't see a reason for Londoners to be ashamed. We don't have to support their cause however at least they are voicing their opinions, and after all how can we counter their arguments if we don't know what they are? Ah the beauty of free speech.
I say let them protest as long as it doesn't get violence, and the people who see this as a direct reflection on the city shouldn't come to visit anyway.
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17 Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6518 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 16): But there will always be people who use these things to further their own politcal cause
No need to worry about me .... I am employing and producing to pay for my share today.. !
My little brother was trained in USMC Riot control , they used this Jalapeno laced sticky spray adhesive shit that was fired from a atop a Humvee.... ya ... that's what London PD needs. That would be awsome.
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !