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NEWS: Attack on Tony Blair in British Parliament, Substance Harmless, No Injuries

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posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:15 AM
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Three condoms containing purple powder have been thrown at British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his "Prime Minister's Questions." Blair was hit in the back. The powder came from a gallery normally reserved for distinguished guests.
A witness states a white man in shirt sleeves forced his way forward with a "balloon" containing some sort of powder. The powder also showered over Members of Parliament, who were seen shaking the powder from their jackets.
Health Secretary Dr John Reid reportedly breathed in a "lungfull" of the powder.
Initial tests show the powder is a benign substance and is not believed to pose a health hazard. It is believed to be flour dyed purple.
Ron Davies, 44, of Worthing, has been named as the man responsible for throwing the substance.
 

BBC


Scotland Yard has arrested the two men and anti-terrorist detectives will conduct the investigation. He was later seen wearing a blue boiler suit (or prison jumpsuit) and being forcibly escorted out by authorites.

One condom hit Blair and bounced to hit Gordon Brown next to him. Officials screamed "get out now!" Parliament has been cleared.

Two men were dragged away by security staff, with one continuing to hurl powder for several seconds. The area they were in recently had a bulletproof security screen installed, however the first three rows of the section are in front of the screen. The two men were seated or made their way to these rows to throw the powder.

The two men were apparently signed in to the VIP area by former Labour MP Baroness Golding. "I have spoken to the Speaker offering my unreserved apologies to him and through him to my former colleagues in the Commons," she said.

The Deputy Prime Minister quickly covered the powder with papers in an attempt to contain it.

A group called "Fathers for Justice" have reportedly claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the group called the attack a "justified protest." A spokesman said they used purple powder because "purple is the international color for equality."

This event raises serious concerns over security for its government officials.
David Davies, Shadow Home Affair spokesman, has stated Britain is "complacent" about security.
David Blunkett, Home Secretary, has called for greater restrictions of movement in the House.
Commons leader Peter Hain said: "This was a serious incident. I have asked for an immediate report on the circumstances and what additional security provisions may be necessary."

Related Stories:
Scotsman.com
Sky.com


[Edited on 19-5-2004 by Banshee]

[Edited on 19-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]




posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:15 AM
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Holy crap? Is this that red mercury junk maybe?



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:19 AM
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again security failed !
is'nt it time the military are called in to do a serious guard job instead of non-motivated police ?
what if the "box with powder" had been a "laptop looking device" as in the description of my other posting elsewhere on this forum ??
how long will it take till everybody is taking it 100% serious considering security ?

[Edited on 19-5-2004 by NOGODSINTHEUNIVERSE]



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:20 AM
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it seems harmless purple smoke, I'm watching BBC2 live right now



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:21 AM
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Damn, Banshee, that was fast! I was composing the same story when I saw yours was already posted. Kudos!

It has been confirmed that the item did strike Blair on his shoulder. Stay tuned.

The ramifications of this attack will be felt for a long time to come. A direct attack on the Commons, no matter the severity, source, of nature, is not likely to be forgotten quickly.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:22 AM
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John Bull 1 and Gryffen are providing me details....updating as they give them to me.
Thank you both!!!



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:24 AM
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BC-Britain-CommonsDisrup 05-19 0091 BC-Britain-Commons Disruption,0095
House of Commons session suspended after purple powder thrown
LONDON (AP) -- A House of Commons session was suspended after purple powder was apparently thrown at Prime Minister Tony Blair.
A man in a suit stood up in the public gallery and was heard to shout "do you realize" and something about "five years." Blair visibly flinched as he was hit.
The man was grabbed by security officers, and Speaker Michael Martin immediately suspended the weekly session of prime ministers' questions.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
APTV 05-19-04 0730EDT



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:28 AM
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We'll have to see how this plays out with the British people. It may have the impact of uniting people in the war on terror as opposed to the Spanish response of ousting the government and turning tail. My bet is on the uniting factor. Britain has faced far tougher times in its history than Spain.

[Edited on 5/19/2004 by CommonSense]



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:28 AM
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I dunno this smells like a prank to me but will have to wait and see its too dumb to be a terrorist attack but you never.


dz

posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:34 AM
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This could be one of those "look, we did it now, and we can do it again if we want" things where they're just trying to make the point that they can.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:37 AM
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Shame the bastard didnt die, that corrupt # has blood on his hands...

He should probably resign, he will probably get voted in, or just rig the election like his best chum bush did over the pond...




posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:37 AM
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Drunk,
It's more than just a prank! At the very least, it was a well executed test that provided the answers the perps were looking for.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:38 AM
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"We'll have to see how this plays out with the British people."

It plays out a little like this.

I'm sitting in my library, I look over to my mate rat and say "Dude, Tony Blairs just been hit by a balloon during question time"
And he goes "yeah ? check out BBC news"
So we do.

Then he says

"Oh, I didn't know they had a gallery area" and I say "yeah question time is public, we should go some time"

Then I say "Purple powder, glad they chose purple" and he says "yeah it beats throwing an egg... remember when Prescott got egged and punched that bloke in the face"

and then we both laugh a bit and I say, "so what's happening tonight, fancy a pint after work"

That's how it plays out in the UK.
We haven't got ourselves to a point of such utter paranoid terror that when a "foreigner" throws purple dye at the priminister we immediately think the worlds come to an end.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:40 AM
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I would imagine this is nothing more than a setup, with the idea of initiating some other law to be passed which takes away yet another right from the Brittish public.

Yay for the police state in the name of anti terrorism, soon the id cards will come and whatever else they deam nessesary..

I cant wait its going to be a ball..



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:41 AM
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Originally posted by CommonSense
Drunk,
It's more than just a prank! At the very least, it was a well executed test that provided the answers the perps were looking for.

Come to think of it your right thats why i said "Who knows"
this has proven that the Houses of Parliament is not that safe a place.

[Edited on 19-5-2004 by drunk]



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:42 AM
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its still unusual....im curious as to who it was and why...



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:43 AM
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Originally posted by Banshee
A group called "Fathers for Justice" have reportedly claimed responsibility.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:43 AM
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Simon, I think that some people take a more serious view of assaults on parliament. Apathy may be growing, but it's not absolute yet.

And Blade, this isn't an attack on Blair, who could cheerfully be crushed by falling pianos for all I care, but on the Commons itself. Whataver your political belief, that's important.

Edit: Damn, pipped to the post again.

[Edited on 19-5-2004 by StrangeLands]



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:43 AM
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Simon,
There's a very significant difference between being paranoid and recognizing the realities of the world we live in today. When someone can get into a House of Commons session and throw anything they like at the PM, that's a problem.



posted on May, 19 2004 @ 06:46 AM
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"Britain has faced far tougher times in its history than Spain. "

Yeah, like remember the fascist dictatorship Britain lived under, all those years of oppression before we rose up and had ourselves a bloody revolution, resulting in 70,000 odd casualties and the fragmentation of our entire country, leading to separatist terrorist organisations all over the place routinely blowing us up for the next 70 years, that was hell.

go read a book.



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