Saturday, February 19, 2005

Lets Get Ready to Rumble...

Sometimes the British have it right. The London Times reports that 35 Greenpeace “activists” stormed the International Petroleum Exchange on the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force. This supposedly involved a lot of planning on their part because they had 3 vans of “activists” standing by. What they were not prepared for was the aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement. A few quotes from some of the “activists” are hilarious.

“We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,” one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. “I’ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.”

Another said: “I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.”

“They grabbed us and started kicking and punching. Then when we were on the floor they tried to push huge filing cabinets on top of us to crush us.”

“They followed the guys into the lobby and kept kicking and punching them there. They literally kicked them on to the pavement.”

Why doesn’t this happen more often? I am not advocating beating the crap out of protesters but if people just stood up to these “activists” they would not be so aggressive. The security guards at the International Petroleum Exchange did little to stop them so the traders took matters into their own hands. Why is it that protesters and “activists” feel they have a right to break in and disrupt business and claim it is their “right” to do this? There are always idiots that feel they can disrupt a speech or business to make “their point”. I am sure if something like this happen in the United States the “activists” would be portrayed as victims and charges would be pressed against the people who stood up to them. And don’t even think about all the civil charges…

Read the whole article here.


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