Barbarians within: Why Brit-style riots could spread to US ~ “Think it can’t happen here? Think again.”
They were cleaning up the mess in London yesterday — replacing the windows at the Ritz, fixing the wooden façade at Fortnum & Mason and attending to a vandalized Trafalgar Square in the wake of Saturday’s protests — and riots — by trade unionists and anarchists.
Think it can’t happen here? Think again.
The British press reports that up to half a million people took part in the demonstrations, 200 were arrested and more than 160 injured — including 84 police officers, 11 of whom had to be hospitalized.
The weekend demonstration was led by Britain’s powerful Trades Union Congress, whose leader, Brendan Barber, has been warning for more than a year that “industrial unrest” would greet any Tory government that dared attack Britain’s sky-high social spending.
Addressing the gathering in historic Hyde Park was Ed Miliband, the Labor Party’s new hard-left leader (his father was a prominent Marxist), who likened the protesters to the suffragettes, the US civil-rights movement and the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Which ought to tell Britons all they need to know about their prime-minister-in-waiting.
In the aftermath of the all-too-predictable violence — in Trafalgar Square, the words “fight back” and “Tory scum” were scrawled on the bronze lions and red paint was splashed on the 2012 Olympics countdown clock — there was the usual tut-tuting
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