FlyBoeing
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Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 8:31 am

Here's a link:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/07/20/genoa.protests/index.html

WOW! I heard on the ABC (American Broadcast Company) news that the police vehicle whose occupants shot the kid drove over him when they escaped. That smacks to me of those felons on the loose in Texas last December who shot a cop then ran him over when they escaped.

I've noticed that street protests in Europe invariably get nasty. Whether it's the Catholics or Protestants in Northern Ireland, Asians and Brits in Oldham, the 17 November group in Greece, or anti-globalization protestors in Gothenburg, I always see things on fire. Usually that doesn't happen in the US. People just steal stuff. In the US we've only had a couple of bad riots in the last few years, in Cincinatti and Seattle, and a couple of other disturbances involving sports teams and drunken college boys.

Are European cops more violent? Very few of the ones I saw on my last trip there - in Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona- actually carried pistols. On the other hand, at the security question time at AMS a few years ago, there was a scary looking Dutch guy with an MP-5 backing up the questioner. It's kinda weird where you see almost no guns then machine guns.

But European protestors seem pretty hard core. Where American protestors would be just overturning cars, Europeans are flinging Molotov cocktails. I mean, God, the police there need water cannons. I've only heard of water cannons being used in the US once, at Birmingham, AL against Martin Luther King's people.

So what is it? Nasty cops or nasty protestors?
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 8:42 am

Not sure. All riots look the same to me.
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 10:41 am

That scum was asking for it in my opinion.

And it is nasty protestors.... the cops are quite inactive at riots, at least here in Seattle. I think SPD could learn a few things from the cops in Italy.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 10:44 am

In Genoa they were paramilitary. More than regular cops. Kind of like a cross between SWAT and Military Police.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 10:53 am

The protestor that was killed was provoking the officers... I think he was about to hurl a fire extinguisher at police... under pretty much any circumstance that would call for deadly force.

With the G-8 Summit everyone who has a cause is out in Genoa this week. And many of these groups are European anrchist groups and other VERY extreme groups. Given the heightened security with all of the world leaders in town has got to make a very tense situation. The Italians have been stopping some protestors at the border.

In the US I don't think there are as many groups. Plus we have a pretty decent tradition of non-violent protest in this country too.
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:03 am

Maybe the National Guard at the Seattle riots should have been carrying more than a nightstick then.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:05 am

Why wasn't there any tear gas in the jeep, though? How come the Caribineri didn't use a shotgun with a beanbag round instead of a handgun?

The way I read it, it looks like the cops went off half cocked. How did they get cornered by a mob on foot? Why weren't they in a line?

Still... the way it seems like the cops got attacked reveals a feral, Lord of the Flies sort of rage that I've never seen in the US since the Los Angeles riots of '92. How can somebody get THAT worked up over Third World debt relief or slave labor conditions for Nike workers?

To me, it seems like people ought to reserve their rage for when they truly are disenfranchised- when the police shoot them almost with impunity, when the local banks refuse credit to their communities, when they are trapped in a cycle of poverty...

It seems like in Genoa this sort of proxy warfare- between employees and security personnel of the G-8 nations and the 100,000 people who purport to represent the poor and disenfranchised- this sort of warfare ought to be much more civilized.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:12 am

Most of the protesters are only there to stir up trouble. Most don't even know what "globalization" really means.

You can say what you want about the policia being "half-cocked" or whatever. But the fact is, when a situation is already tense, and you go ballistic on armed security personel, well you are literally puting your life at risk because there is no telling what could happen.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:13 am

Why would any city want to host any sort of summit meeting now? Isn't it blandly obvious that wherever they're held, there's going to be tens of millions in dollars in damage? Why not be safe and hold the damn thing on a cruise ship in the center of a U.S Navy carrier battle group cruising in the Pacific ocean?

And has the G-8 administrative staff insured this meeting against damage? What is the policy on compensation to the shopkeepers for the damage done by these riots?
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:23 am

Braniff747... I would wager to say that most of the protestors at these functions are non-violent. The protestor, from what I heard on NPR today, was a member of a Spanish Anarchist group... not your typical anti-globalization protestor.

Aside from the anarchists and other violent protestors most of those in Genoa represent an amazing variety of interests, from anti-globalization, to gender equality groups, to environmental groups... and they are all non-violent.

While I have many issues in common with the anti-globalization groups I strongly disagree with the use of violence as a means of getting their message across.
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:33 am

It is said that the ones that are engaging in violence don't know what the meeting is about but just like to cause trouble.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:34 am

So IMO, he got what he deserved.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:48 am

FlyBoeing, those nuts who rioted today AREN'T worked up by any of those problems: they use this meeting as an excuse to cause violence, just like the idiots who riot after the L.A. Lakers won the title 2 years ago, and things like that-there are just thugs out there looking for a reason to let loose on any authority.

I don't quite agree with Zach, who thinks "shoot now, ask questions later" possibly should replace "Preserve, Protect and Defend" as the police motto, but in such a case as in Genoa, the Police must defend themselves with any means they have.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 1:02 pm

Do these people have jobs? Was listening to an interview with a "protesting dilettante" who had attended Seattle, Sweden and now Italy. Who's coughing up the funds for this freak's good life? You sure as heck can't take a VW Van from Seattle to Scandanavia. Oddly enough they always have enough for a double latte!!

I like the ship idea. Perhaps the French can sink another Greenpeace ship for fun.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 1:12 pm

I agree mostly with what several are saying here. 'Anarchist' groups are nothing but a fad. Rage Against the Machine, anti-establisment-types are looking for reasons to to protest. They are wannabe hippies that use a 'cause' to justify their distaste for working hard for a good life. Screw them and their green hair.
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 2:15 pm

JetService, I agree. They are just using these protests as an excuse not to work hard in life for what they want. I am getting sick of hearing about all of these violent protests on TV whenever there is a gathering of world leaders to discuss economic issues - perhaps should we give them less attention?
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 9:52 pm

yes - these summits should be held on some inhabitated place- it is stupid to completely paralize a big city and expose it to violent protestors
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 10:04 pm

They´re already holding that summit on a ship - why don´t they tow it to the open sea?


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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sat Jul 21, 2001 10:24 pm

The protestor was asking for it if you ask me just like those Anarchist groups.

The authorities in Seattle could learn a lot from the Italians.

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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sun Jul 22, 2001 12:42 am

Most of the protesters in Genoa, as well as in other places which have suffered similarly, ARE peaceful, and are only interested in peacefully making their opinions known to the G8 leaders, as is their right in virtually every democracy.

Unfortunately, you have anarchists and just plain hooligans who have fund such gatherings to be an ideal vehicle with which to have a little fun. They may number no more than 10% of the protesters, but that is enough to start riots.

The asshole who got himself killed was part of a group of people who had surrounded a police vehicle. The vehicle and its occupants were trapped, and could not get away without running some of the rioters over. The rioters were using clubs and other weapons to try to break into the vehicle and attack the policemen inside, and were apparently meeting with some success - they almost did get inside, when one of the cops, perhaps young, inexperienced, fearful for his life and on the verge of panic, shot at one of the rioters who appeared to be about to break his way in.

I've found myself in the middle of a protest against the WTO. Just like the police vehicle, my car was blocked in and I couldn't get out - The reason was that I was driving a Chevy Tahoe, an unussual car in Geneva, and the protesters were convinced that with a car like that, I had to be from the American Embassy, or better yet, CIA or FBI (they watch a lot of movies, apparently). They wanted to burn my car (they magnanimously allowed me permission to leave it before they put the torch to it). I told them that if I saw so much as a lighted match or a lighter anywhere near my car, I was going to drive over the people who were laying down in front of my car. I had already switched into four-wheel-drive, and believe me, I was ready to do it.

Luckily for me, the police broke me out of their after about 20 minutes. My point is that when these people surround you it is damned scary. I've been there, And Swiss protestors are much more civilized than the Spanish, Italians or French etc.

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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sun Jul 22, 2001 12:56 am

The funds for protests such as what happens in Genoa now (and Gothenburg, the Hague and other places before) used to be provided by the KGB and other WarPac intelligence agencies.
Who is paying now is not quite clear, but there are still powerfull groups with large resources who want to bring down democracy in Europe and around the world.

At last the police are doing something, they were not paramilitary at all, just regular riot police. In Europe those guys do what the national guard and SWAT do in the US. They provide barriers for events like this, dangerous arrests, etc.
Their most frequent jobs are soccergames, which make the average political riot look like a walk in the park.
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Sun Jul 22, 2001 7:29 am

I have no sympathy for that protester. He was carrying a fire extinguisher, and was clearly aiming for policemen in their vehicle, as seen in the AP photos. If someone came at you with a weapon (of any kind), wouldn't you defend yourself at all costs?

The protester later suffered greater indignity, as the police vehicle backed over him... I saw this in the Globe and Mail this morning... I laughed, and so did my neighbour, when I showed it to him.

Make no mistake: these people are up to no good. Who really protests with gasmasks, and covered faces? Why would you need to hide your face?

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty was guilty of ripping up the sidewalk last June in front of the Ontario Legislature... these people were bused in from places like Montreal, Ottawa, etc. Its leader, John Clarke, lives in his own house, while true homeless people don't even know where they're sleeping next.

I'm all for protests and demonstrations, as long as they're peaceful, and do not endanger others.

Shame on those in Genoa, Seattle, and in Quebec City. Don't take your anger out on policemen... make your votes count come election day, and support those politicians who share your ideology.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Mon Jul 23, 2001 9:24 am

How many of the people that travel around the world to these meetings just want to stand on the street with a sign ???.... Not many.

They are there for fun, that means breaking things attacking the police and burning cars. He got what he asked for.
 
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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Mon Jul 23, 2001 10:38 am

That punk got what he asked for. No one put a gun to his head and told him to endager the lives of policemen by throwing a fire extinguisher at them. My regret is that the police vehilce didn't run him over some more. I'm sick and tired of these vandals and anacrhists trying to make their point by beating up people, looting and burning businesses. I still remeber those photos of the anachists in Seattle smashing widows of the starbucks and looting businesses while the owners and employees watched in disbelief. What the hell did they do to deserve this!!!!!! Do any of you have an idea of how much money and how mentally painful and tramatizing it would be just to try to get back on your feet. Remember that many businesses never recovered due to the riots.

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RE: Protestor Dies At G-8 Summit

Mon Jul 23, 2001 11:28 am

Moving the meetings to hideaways would mean victory on the part of the anarchists.

Rather go and raid every single home of the anarchists who were involved in the protests and arrest them before they can do anything. Better yet, go and raid the camps where they are trained and arrest everyone there.

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