Friday, February 18, 2005

A Protest With Two Sides

The London Times reports of an attempt by Greenpeace activists to disrupt petroleum trading. Link.
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.” (...)

Greenpeace had hoped to paralyse oil trading at the exchange in the City near Tower Bridge on the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force.

Imagine, all some bunch of vandals wants to do is to shut down a business, and the people working there take offense. Isn't the rest of the world like universities? There, vandals can occupy administration buildings, trash them and destroy files, and everyone just sits back and watches patiently. Whoever told these guys that the Constitution guarantees the right to civil disobedience forgot to tell than that the UK doesn't have a written constitution.


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