Thursday, February 17, 2005

"Sod Off, Swampy"

As a UC Berkeley undergrad, the Communist Worker's Party used to barge into my lectures from time to time, banging drums, blowing whistles, and chanting slogans. We'd just sit there in bewilderment.

Looking back, I wish I'd acted more like a British Oil trader. According to one of their "victims," when Greenpeace attempted to interrupt their livelihoods to make a political statement in support of Kyoto, the reaction was swift:

Via the Times Online:
“The violence was instant,” said Jon Beresford, 39, an electrical engineer from Nottingham. “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.”

Last night Greenpeace said two protesters were in hospital, one with a suspected broken jaw, the other with concussion.
Talk about your Clash of Civilizations. Green "swampies" vs. Spivs. There isn't likely to be a rematch.