Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mob Riots in London; Royal Bank of Scotland Offices Ransacked

A violent mob of anti-capitalist anarchists and climate-change hooligans descended upon London yesterday to riot in protest of the impending G-20 summit, being held in the city today. (Welcome to England, Mr. President. I assure you, it's only like this ... er ... sometimes.)

The Daily Mail is calling the play-by-play.

Hundreds of anarchists went on the rampage this afternoon as the G20 protests descended into violence.

Several police officers were injured and a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland targeted as drunken troublemakers brought chaos to London's Square Mile.

A violent mob with their faces covered by bandanas broke into the RBS building after windows at its entrance were smashed.


Around the bank, crowds charged police lines as officers hit back with baton charges.

City workers added to the febrile atmosphere by waving money from their office windows and shouting insults at the protesters.


Observers spotted many demonstrators drinking and smoking cannabis as they swarmed towards the City this morning.


Chants of 'f*** the police' and 'our street' were heard as police reinforcements were drafted in.

There were ugly scenes as the protesters refused to fall back and goaded officers. Eventually they surged forward, forcing police to draw their batons.

Protesters clutched horses heads' made from cloth and sticks and flags or figures of death and threw empty beers cans, fruit, flour and paint at officers.

Many suffered minor injuries and were seen bleeding from the head after police beat them back as they tried to force their way through.

Read the full colour commentary, complete with full colour photographs here.


Anonymous said...

Many conservative and libertarian Americans agree with the G20 protests against the financial establishment although they have little else in common with the protesters. While most of the London and European protesters are from the far left, many working Americans feel the same about Washington’s excessive bailouts for Wall Street and the banking establishment.

Washington has bailed out the banks, Wall Street & their Washington special interests and much of the cost is added to the national debt to by paid by this and future generations while real estate and investments continue to fall.

Find out how a growing repudiate the debt movement could stop Washington’s deficits, the exploding national debt and end the bailouts.

The Campaign to Cancel the Washington National Debt By 12/21/2012 Constitutional Amendment is starting now in the U.S.

Osh said...

Point taken, Ron.

While this particular article covers the mayhem of the pre-G-20 riots, I couldn't help but notice that many of those who have protested during the actual summit have been (how shall I put this) of a calmer and more respectible demeanor. That is, once you filter through the anarchists, communists, and global warming activists, you find a much larger corpus democratae of hard-working middle-class and working-class people who are worried about everything from too much government stimulus spending to too little stimulus coming too late. Others are concerned about the creeping socialism that becomes more apparent with every new social engineering cum stimulus project. While another group of others worry about the developed world's never-ending commitments to foreign aid, especially to Africa.

The bane of protest watching is that sometimes you really can't tell of players apart without a score card. Thank goodness some of them wave flags and flaunt signs.