Thursday, February 17, 2005

Greenpeace protesters get beat down

This story is awesome:
WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail.

What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.

"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."

Does this idiot actually think that forcing his way into an oil trading floor with the intent of making so much chaos as to disrupt the trading is expressing his "point of view"? It is just that kind of thinking that makes me revel in what happened to these watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside).

Even better:

Protesters conceded that mounting the operation after lunch may not have been the best plan. "The violence was instant," Jon Beresford, 39, an electrical engineer from Nottingham, said.

"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."

Freakin' filing cabinets! Great idea!

More to the point: these protesters were trying to do exactly what the Kyoto Treaty is designed to do. Halt economic activity. How poignant that these protesters got beat down without accomplishing their objectives. Hopefully, the same will be said of the stupid treaty as well.