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originally posted by: seeker1963
originally posted by: Snarl
hmmm ... somebody just threw a pyrotechnic into the crowd of police. The Polizei just let it go and scolded the crowd from a loudspeaker.
In other words just another dog and pony show! I had FOX on and they were describing the protesters as Anti Globalists and I about lost my mind! No, they ARE Globalists. It's those people who they are protesting against who they adhere to every idiotic policy that is implemented an promoted by the globalists that these people protesting shove down all the rest of our throats by calling us Racists, Xenophobes, and the list could go on and on.....
originally posted by: Irishhaf
Saddens me to see, I enjoyed my visits to Hamburg, yet the pictures I saw have the place looking like a war zone.
I just do not get setting fire to random cars parked on the side of the road.
When people do that it makes me side with the cops, your not striking out at the man, you are screwing some poor working schlub.
As told by Patrick O’Kane
I WAS born in 1965 into a poor family in Northern Ireland. I grew up in County Derry during the “Troubles,” the violent conflict between Catholics and Protestants that lasted for more than 30 years. The Catholic minority felt discriminated against by the majority Protestant establishment, accusing them of gerrymandering, heavy-handed policing, and employment blacklisting, as well as unfair housing practices.
I saw injustice and inequality everywhere I looked. I lost count of the times I was beaten up, was pulled from a car and had a gun pointed at me, or was questioned and searched by police or soldiers. I felt victimized, and I thought, ‘I can either accept this, or I can fight back!’
I shared in the 1972 Bloody Sunday marches, in memory of the 14 people who were shot dead by British soldiers, and the hunger strike marches, which honored the republican prisoners who starved themselves to death in 1981. I put up banned flags and scrawled anti-British graffiti everywhere I could. It seemed there was always another atrocity or murder of a Catholic to protest. What began as a parade or march often escalated into a full-scale riot.
While at the university, I joined student protests for the environment. I later moved to London, and there I took part in socialist marches against government policies that seemed to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the poor. I participated in trade union strikes against pay cuts, and I shared in the poll tax march in 1990, which resulted in Trafalgar Square being heavily damaged by the protesters.
Eventually, though, I became disillusioned. Rather than achieving our goals, protests often stoked the fires of hate.