Protesters at the G20

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Police confront a protester outside the Bank of England on Wednesday. Police are mounting a huge security operation during the G-20 meeting and businesses have also prepared for the demonstrations, with some boarding up premises.

Its from msnbc.com \’s picture slide show. I thought the picture was tits.


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    Luke Magnifico
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    This picture is taken entirely out of context.

    Really, though, they probably deserved a beating.

    Don’t fuck with the police. They’re angry and have guns and shit.

    Sticky
    Member

    @LukeV1-5:
    Ah, fuck tha police. begins record scratching

    LeeHarveyOswald
    Member

    the dude was probably trying to start a riot just for the sake of destroying property , as so many who were there were also doing. the people who try and say they are trying to make a difference should go out and Vote on policies/Laws instead of bitch about them.

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    Here’s a thought: why do British police have such damn silly helmets?

    Just like

    A bucket, on their head.

    Looks foolish.

    Joeseph Goebbels
    Member

    The way the police acted at these riots was the final straw for me, I have no respect for them any more.

    Also on top of that, they’ve pushed forward a new advertising (if you’d call it that) campaign. Putting up posters saying things like:

    WE’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU A GOOD TALKING TO

    (in big white letters with a blue background)

    suicydking
    Member

    Holy shit. What the hell happened to people caring about freedom of speech? Luke had similar comments on Internet-D regarding the Phoenix PD ransacking a guy’s house because he published a blog that was critical of the police. I don’t think the police in London did a bad job securing G20, but at the same time it sickens me to hear people constantly saying that protesters all deserve to be beaten. I know it’s trendy to pick on angry hippies who get the shit kicked out of them, and I know that plenty of people go to these protests because… Read more »

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @suicydking: Oh! Look! Idealism! Did you see some of the tapes from the protests? There were protesters throwing bottles, hurling insults, rushing at the police. The police. Who are just men and women, when it comes down to it. Now, if you were in that position, I’m pretty sure you;d be pissed off too. The only difference between them and you is that they have weapons and legal backup. By all means, stand up for your cause. But you can’t expect to punch a bear, then have people sympathise with you when you get horrifically mauled to death. Come to… Read more »

    Paul_Is_Drunk
    Member

    Yes, the police are never wrong.

    They aren’t human beings, they’re the most perfect citizens picked from the populace for their willingness to sacrifice their amazing abilities to the greater good at a mediocre wage.

    Incidents of police brutality, abusing power to rape young women (the incidents in Eugene in 2003 are particularly fun), killing unarmed & handcuffed suspects…?

    All made up by those evil hippies to do damage to these wonderful creatures. God bless the police. They truly make our world a perfect place to live in.

    The Matrix: Rebooted
    Member

    “Come to that, what exactly was the cause they were standing up for here?” Are you really that clueless? Maybe they’re protesting that people have had their jobs, savings and homes taken away from them. That those responsible are being rewarded rather than punished. And that’s just the tip of iceberg. Those of us in 1st world countries don’t really see it, but G8, G20, WTO, etc. have had devastating policies in developing countries. Stuff like privatizing water companies, then making it illegal to collect rainwater in order to protect their profits. Throwing bricks throw windows is small time. In… Read more »

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @Paul_Is_Drunk: That’s not what I’m saying at all. What I’m saying is, the police should not be demonized for reacting like human beings. If it had been one cop and a crowd of hippies, people would be cheering them on. The police are not The System; they are simply doing a job. @reboot: Are you really trying to evade the meaning of what I’m saying? These people can’t change anything. That’s what I’m saying. If they were serious about changing things, they could simply get properly organized. The bigwigs in there won’t listen to a mob. Get political or get… Read more »

    The Matrix: Rebooted
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: The last part of your post seemed to be dismissing the protesters’ grievances. I think they have a legitimate complaints and simply voting for someone else is starting to seem futile.
    Instilling the leaders of the world with a little fear would be a good thing. Let them know, at the back of their minds, that if things go too far, they will not be safe in their high and mighty towers.

    vincent.ex2
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: You need to speak to bigwigs in a language they understand.

    Nobody forced the men in the uniform to take that job in the first place, and when it’s their job to protect the people, they should do it properly. They must resist the urge to beat the people they had sworn to protect, even if they are asking for it…

    Wyrdstone
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: the helmets are ace 😀
    but i’m sure one of the guys on the left has his on backwards…

    Paul_Is_Drunk
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: Who’s demonizing them? You started out this thread by claiming the guy deserved a beating (in your words: “probably”) then claimed cops are, and I quote again: “…angry and have guns and shit.”

    You preemptively sanctified police brutality, and you expect people to NOT react to your extreme initial response?

    Stop acting like the victim here.

    Pwnerade
    Member

    I don’t know what this protester was doing, but all I know is that he’s already on the ground and bleeding from the head, and the two nearest cops are raising their batons to hit him again. It’s the police’s job to arrest criminals, not beat them. And the British should know better than to hit someone when they’re down.

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @reboot: But…. that’s not what this is. The politicians are not afraid of mobs. That’s what all their security guards are for. Now, I reckon, with a group that size, it wouldn’t be too difficult to mail each one of them a plan of their houses and the daily routine of each member of their family. But what do I know. Clearly this has worked in the past. @vincent.ex2: Pretty much the same point. This language is not that language. Why should they? When people enroll in the police force, they take up to stop criminals and enforce justice. Or… Read more »

    suicydking
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    For what it’s worth, I have seen videos of people throwing & breaking shit at G20. I certainly don’t condone throwing bottles at police or breaking the shop windows of innocent people. However, I just saw a video of a bunch of people who the cops were trying to ‘kettle’. These folks were standing, holding each other’s hands above their heads, saying “This is not a riot”. They didn’t want to move, because they were about to be ‘kettled’ into a very small area with no restrooms or water for the next 6 hours. The cops who were advancing on… Read more »

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    How do you hit someone in the teeth with the edge of a riot shield?

    They’re fucking huge.

    Skulltimo
    Member

    If you really, really want to make a difference… you protest the fuck away from the front line. Peacefully, respectfully and more likely to get heard..ily.

    If you want to start some shit, stand in front of the Students and Hippies who want to be heard but take their frustration out on the men and women in uniform as if was directly their fault, and start throwing bricks at McDonalds and Policemen

    As far as I can tell, this is how it goes down every year.

    The Matrix: Rebooted
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: British teeth are easy targets.

    Annarchy
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    While I understand that the police were just trying to keep the crowd from burning down ol’ London town, I cannot help but think that the officers in this particular pic look a bit…zealous, to say the least. Beating a guy down with batons and shields when he’s exercising what most people in free countries take for granted (and, honestly, who doesn’t want to dismantle a bank brick by brick at this point?) is not exactly protecting the people, is it? Also, I might be wrong, but the protester doesn’t seem to be armed in any way. The response seems… Read more »

    mikoyangurevich15
    Member

    The bottom line is it`s comical to watch people protest against the economic structure that gave them all the creature comforts that they enjoy.

    Annarchy
    Member

    @mikoyangurevich15:
    The only economic structure that has given me anything is my job, which is not funded by any bank.

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @mikoyangurevich15:

    End Of Thread.

    suicydking
    Member

    @LukeV1-5: Right, because my country and every other free nation was founded on G20 meetings, not revolution. My bad. I guess I’m done.

    Also, have you heard that parts of Flint, Michigan are probably going to be boarded up and abandoned? I guess the people there could just vote for economic turnaround, except their mayor quit.

    Globalization for the win?

    GrandAdmiralThrawn
    Member

    Just keep something in mind folks. IF someone throws a hards object at you (rock, bottle) that object can kill or cause brain damage. You are going to be pissed. IF you throw it at me, I am most likely going to shoot you. You put my life in danger, I’ll not give you a 2nd chance. IF you break the window of my home, I am going to shoot you. IF I am not there, and a cop is, I would hope he would shoot you for me. At the very least I would want him to beat the… Read more »

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @suicydking: These are not revolutionaries!

    Or else they would have revolted by now!

    Seriously, how many G-20 summits have there been? I remember 3, this one, ’08 and ’06. There were protests at each of these, and yet nothing was achieved. The fact that there were subsequent summits, with protests, is evidence of this.

    I’m not even considering the G-7 summits.

    It does not take this long for people to be roused to rebel. If it were within the scope of public action, it would have been done by now.

    This is just…. I don’t know.

    Mischevious loitering.

    Puulaahi
    Member

    Fuck The Police

    And

    Fuck Corporate Control

    lurk moar
    Member

    hahaha the guy to the far left

    Putridity
    Member

    I had a number of friends involved in the G20 riots in melbourne australia…

    Riot’s is an overzealous word. one policewoman got “injured” (bumped an already injured leg) and some crazy students smashed a window of a police wagon.

    Results of this; All the video footage was compiled and my friends had thier homes raided. They were arrested and are now undergoing trial for terrorism related crimes.

    FUCKING TERRORISM!
    I am not a fan of violent protest but just beware. Protest to loudly and you are a fucking terrorist.
    No wonder I stopped caring.
    Fuck the world. Im getting drunk and writing tonight.
    😀

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    @Putridity: Drinking and writing? My mate.

    Alec Dalek
    Member

    FIGHT THE POWER!

    Seriously, it’s time to fight the power. Everyone buy your Guy Fawkes masks now. There is always a reckoning.

    Putridity
    Member

    @dieAntagonista: Love writing when drunk. the sheer scope of the horrible things you can put to paper is unbelievable.
    I love to lost track of what I write and then go over it. Alcohol helps me bounce off the railings whilst still following storylines.

    lurve it.

    Putridity
    Member

    @AlecDalek: Oh and for the record. In case any doesn’t know, Guy Fawkes was trying to blow up parliament because he didn’t want the church and the state to be separated. He was working for a religious right wing who wanted conservative catholic views to be enforced by law.

    Great figure head but his perceptions were skewed.

    Puulaahi
    Member

    @Putridity: You just totally ruined Guy Fawkes for me. Thanks! I had no idea about the “didn’t want the church and the state to be separated” part. Just blew my mind dude. This is a crazy crazy world.

    Putridity
    Member

    @Puulaahi: Brings a nice new perspective on the Guy Fawkes vs scientologist thing. lol

    Guy Fawkes is still great. His resort to force. just came from the wrong wing 😀

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    @Putridity:

    Dope. You just got 62 times cooler. I don’t know anyone who likes doing that. Most of my friends say, doing it while on acid is best, though I’m not sure about that.

    And about the Guy Fawkes masks, I thought they used the masks because of the character V, not because they actually admire Guy Fawkes. But yeah, screw Guy.

    Putridity
    Member

    Writing on acid is way to hard. You start getting perplexed by the complications involved with grammar and then you get angry because you can’t draw to assist. So you decide to get a pen to write with but then your hands turn into flippers and you can hear the sea calling but you can’t get to it because you know that you are a rockfish and hence will sink but you don’t have gills! Alcohol makes you lose inhibitions about writing offensively. I will have to post a chapter of my book up somewhere. Most of it written whilst… Read more »

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    Hey that sounds familiar. Except I know about those things from tripping on shrooms. Unfortunately, I have yet to try acid.): I don’t think my hands ever turned into flippers, but if I stare at them for too long, I can see every single atom on my palms dance. And then I look in the mirror and the same thing is happening in my face and I keep staring as if I could stop the universe from imploding by doing that. Oh yeah, that’s true. But I write pretty offensively even when sober. The difference is, when I’m drunk, I’m… Read more »

    Putridity
    Member

    @dieAntagonista: Currently writing book.
    sortof a side hobby. First draft is almost done then have to charge through and re-write the entire damn thing.

    😀 I will chuck it on my deviant-art when I get home and link it here.

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    Hooray! I can’t wait.

    Putridity
    Member

    @dieAntagonista: You actually have to. I don’t get home for another two hours…

    gor
    Member
    gor

    I’ve seen these protesting retards up close and they are a bunch of idiots who need a good smack across the head. If one was actually listen to these morons and get them not to talk in generalities, but to talk into details about how they want the world to be, you will find out how stupid they really are.

    Putridity
    Member

    @gor: Violent protest is always absurd. So are the utopiatic wishes of the non-violent protestors. What we need is a happy medium.
    Many of the ones who get violent believe in “anarchy”. I know I used to be a practicing anarchist. But then I found out what true anarchy results as.
    Needless to say I changed my mind quick-fucking-smart. Most of them aren’t stupid, they are idealists. Which is worse.
    But even though police are defending themselves, there are batons swinging at a bleeding man on the ground. Excessive force is the issue here. Not police brutality.

    gor
    Member
    gor

    I agree “excessive” force is wrong, but people tend to forget that this picture was taken in faction of a second. We do not know what is actually happening.

    Until unbais evidence becomes known, an idealist will believe this picture supports their view that British police are a bunch of club welding thugs against a peaceful protester, a law and order person will believe this picture supports their view that physical force is needed to control violent anarchrist who are setting London buidlings on fire.

    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    violent protest are stupid. why fight something with violence and you will get violence back. how much centuries does it take to get in people head.

    Putridity
    Member

    @ColombianMonkey: To quote the movie “starship troopers”

    “When we vote we are using force and force my friends is violence, the ultimate authority from which all other authority derives.”

    it is true. Until humans are either not human or extinct.

    @dieAntagonista: hey Diea: Here is the link. Also a couple of other little silly stories there too.
    putridity.deviantart.com/art/Latter-Days-of-Rodney-Saint-118513166
    Anyone feel free to peruse and abuse!

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    Wooo. Abuse. I’ll get to it.

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    @Putridity: Your metaphors are fucking gorgeous. “He also found it strange on a mathematical level.” – when I read that, it was the exact moment that I fell for Rodney. Most excellent. It’s original. I want more. Although I have to ask. Is this really what you think those people are like? There is a Catholic church on the other side of my house. The people there, resemble the ones in your story just a little. But they would never go as far to do what that Bishop guy did. Then there’s an Evangelical church. The priest there is probably… Read more »

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    Hm, I just thought about it a little more and I came to the conclusion that these people at the church here would never tolerate an Achmed kind of guy as a priest. As respectful as they are. I guess, in a way, they’re worse than the people in your story. Aw man.

    So is Rodney going to have a lot of sex and stuff. And tomato sauce on toast rules.

    Putridity
    Member

    @dieAntagonista:
    I know for a fact that these people are nothing like this. All the characters in this story are heavily exaggerated.

    This book is completely about making people laugh and to throw a few meaningful parts in here and there.

    Rodney is not exactly a stallion and his grip of social encounters isn’t strong. But he is going up in the world.
    I will maybe upload some more another time.
    Will let you know if I do.

    😀 Thanks for the feedback. it’s good to have some that doesn’t come from friends. 😀

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    @Putridity: Haha oh. Well I kind of just proved that these people can be even worse. It’s really completely about making people laugh? I thought it’s more like a, dark humour/sarcasm-everyone is an asshole- kind of story. I like those a lot, you know. But comedy is good also. Yeah I think it’s better that way. But that fact that you managed to mention “virginal fellatio” in just the very first part where a guy works at a church, leaves me hopeful for more controversial, uh, what do you call this. Sexual outrage. Something like that, you get what I… Read more »

    dieAntagonista
    Guest

    the fact that* ah. Makes me cringe cringe cringe.

    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    usually i don’t like to get into politics cause i don’t know much or it just pisses me off. ~ In holland we have this law in our constitution Art. 1 Allen die zich in Nederland bevinden, worden in gelijke gevallen gelijk behandeld. Discriminatie wegens godsdienst, levensovertuiging, politieke gezindheid, ras, geslacht of op welke grond dan ook, is niet toegestaan. ~ Everyone who lives in the Netherlands(Holland), In same situations treated the same. Discrimination against religion, philosophy of life, political inclination, race, sex or on which ground is not allowed. Geert Wilders who is a Dutch politician and leader of… Read more »

    Luke Magnifico
    Member

    @ColombianMonkey: …

    I mean

    Your point is valid, and important.

    But

    From whence comes it.

    WHEEENCE.

    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    trying to make a comparison with the picture.
    Allot of people might think protesters are wrong (some are) but people need to wake and get to understand that people are getting guano ass-raped in there own backyard. The white collars (who are evil) with the cash and knowledge always gets away. The same thing that happened to Atlantis Supposedly said, will happen to us also. use our own technology to kill ourself so it’s game over for everyone.

    MonkeyHitman
    Member

    supposably*

    nyoki
    Member

    violent protest are stupid. why fight something with violence and you will get violence back. how much centuries does it take to get in people head.

    More than has elapsed apparently.

    TrikYodz
    Member

    why are they protesting g20? isnt it a bunch of guys getting together to try to fix shit around the world?

    nyoki
    Member

    @TrikYodz: I don’t think they were protesting the G20 summit, so much as protesting at the G20.