..please loan him a decent camera next time, or at least a Nokia Lumière.
Anonymous' #MillionMaskMarch hit London amid a flurry of fireworks on the symbolic date of 5 November, Guy Fawkes night. Despite the symbolism, it was pretty lame. Your correspondent, fresh from a hard day staring at screens and drinking tea, wandered along to Trafalgar Square to see what the fuss was all about. There was a …
"FIGHT THE SYSTEM!"
"EAT THE RICH!"
"Hey, how will we do that? How do we show we are united as one?"
"Err...let's buy a mask who's image is owned by the people we supposedly hate and was probably made in an environmentally unsound and employment-rights unfriendly factory."
"DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING!"
Would you have expected the usual rent-a-mob of right-wing sympathisers at an event like this??
Right-wingers have jobs. They don't want to protest at the end of a long day, they're tiiired. :)
Seriously, they have those left-wing rent-a-mobbers in Boston and San Francisco. They get an email telling them where to go and a $10 gift certificate for showing up. Sometimes it's just a coupon for a free StarBucks. They will tell you, just go up to them and ask, it's easy to join.
Palestinians & Arabs ...
These would be the people that rejected every freedom deal since 1948 and call a guy that drove a car into 9 innocent people, killing one, a hero?
If the Palestinians were serious about freedom rather than killing anyone they don't like and especially Jews, then it would be serious cause. Europeans have supported the Palestinians financially far more than the rich Arab states and what to they get out of it?
If the Palestinians were serious about freedom rather than killing anyone they don't like and especially Jews
For now, its brownshirtish Israelis doing the killing, so spare me.
Europeans have supported the Palestinians financially far more than the rich Arab states and what to they get out of it?
The US supports Israel with >3 billion per year and what do they get out of it? A few wars, kickbacks and otherwise the finger and accusation of un-americanism. Chutzpah, we hardly knew you!
You ever been to one of these central London protests? It's the same old procession of Socialist Worker placards, Palestine flags and weed-smoking trustafarians at all of them. Often the organisers are outnumbered by the rentamob eejits who love an excuse for a day out to "stick it to the man". The only ones which come to mind as being different are the static protests opposite Downing Street - but then those don't feature an option to cause traffic disruption, get on the news and spread litter around.
Bleat about bias all you like - I'll write it as I see it.
You left out the inevitable group of short-haired chaps in black hoodies and shiny boots who, shortly before starting the ritual kicking-in of the window of the Mc Ds opposite Horse Guards, are usually to be found clustered around an older guy with the unusual nickname of 'Sergeant '...
"... I'll write it as I see it."
Which would appear, unfortunately, to be from the perspective of an especially petulant and outraged Daily Mail commentard with a fondness for hackneyed cliche and a bee in their bonnet about littering.
There's a fine border between sharp humour and prim nastiness, and the wrong side of it just looks cheap and bleaty.
And receiving a very restrained (and possibly quite sensible) response, judging from those pics and the Buzzfeed movies and comparing with similar events in my own misspent youth. No armoured robocops visible (just a few helmeted serials in hi-vis), no drawn batons, no blinders (sorry 'torches'), no face-flattening round shields, no kettling for an hour or five. Maybe the Met is over-budget for clubbing hysterical Italian LSE 'anarchists' by this point in the year....
I was indeed real.
My first year of uni I shared a flat with an ex-member of Strathclyde police who'd been in the SPG. He was doing a psychology degree and after a few jars would claim it was so he could find out why he didn't like hitting people.
Given that Constable Savage was written by a police forensic scientist need I say more.
I like the bit in the Poll Tax riots where a van arrived behind a police cordon, a load of plain clothed people got out, were waved through the cordon and almost immediately started throwing things over the police line. Seems they dont like a peaceful march the Met.
No looting at all and here i was hopping to have my Christmas shopping done
DISCLAIMER i meant this comment as a JOKE and do not take responsibility if this does encourage you to perform looting for your Christmas shopping and would not condone any such acts.
Thats a great Idea mtech I am going to do that , you can disclaim all you want , but unless you've paid a parasitical blood sucking drain-on-society lawyer to rubber stamp it it dont mean shit. So i blame you for my actions.
DISCLAIMER this too is a joke. I hereby declareclaim i can discliam my own claims without professional help , contrary to all of the above.
or a least trying to get through it to the Randall Munroe talk (brilliant by the way!) and then back through it to get to a good pub. A few bins kicked over, a lot of mess made ... no-one I talked to seemed to know what it was about (including the cabbie who put it down to "just another of those down-with-everything protests"). It wasn't even a damp squib: to the outside world or those not in the know it just looked like a bunch of kids having a barely-orchestrated tantrum.
AC so I could get the mask!
"Someone half-heartedly threw a coffee cup at two tourist information officers."
Finally someone standing up to these oppressive clowns; telling us where to go and what to see in places we're not familiar with! HOW DARE THEY!!!!!
Once I went into a Tourist Information Centre. Information Centre! Propaganda Centre more like. All they kept telling me was what I should do and how good the place was. Using their directions I got back on the Trans Pennine Trail but that's besides the point!!!
Thank you Anonymous for recognising and ending this tyranny.
Let's blindly call them a left-wing rent-a-mob, without any actual evidence. Let's not interview any of them. Yeah, just reaffirm your own beliefs, not bother with actual reporting.
What did you expect? Riots and burning buildings? If there had been, you'd no doubt be attacking them for it as well, so they can't actually change your view.
Basically, your article should have been on the Daily Mail site. I'd expect more from this site to be honest.
Or do I actually know a number of the people who were there (who, amazingly, all have at least 1 job, some more, have families and who are worries about what the government is doing to the country), and therefore have actual evidence, not just an impression based on prejudices and hyperbole.
So, yeah, make assumptions. Really helps.
"Anonymous is a truth movement advocating hacktivism as self-defense for unconstitutional government. It is our aim to shed light on corrupt government in order to set people free from oppression."
Yes just plain ridiculous innit.
What a gross display. This article and the comments I mean. Do you people wonder where apathy comes from? If only we could find a way to harness the power of all your senses of self superiority. If you think you are a member of some sort of a class above, well the joke's on you because in reality you're more like a Facebook user who thinks they are the customer.
Nothing but ridicule, until it comes to the idea that someone might be snooping on what filthy sort of porn you are into, then all of a sudden you wonder where the outrage is. It was all crushed by articles like this and people like you piling on to give the impression that anyone protesting anything, from climate change to animal cruelty to rampant capitalism to police brutality and on and on and on, are every one of them down to the last man woman and child just mindless morons wasting time, or even better yet only showing up to get paid.
Your governments and the corporations they work for just fucking love you all, and they hope and pray that you are instilling the same attitudes in all of your offspring.
While this was an unfocused damp squid as Anonymous events tend to be and dulled the keen mind of the reporter to the point where their brain almost shut down leaving only the sub Daily Fail part of the brain working, without some people fighting for our current freedoms we would not have them. So just slagging off people as the usual suspects only betrays the writers frustration at being helpless and impotent in so many ways. You where there, you looked at stuff, you applied your prejudices, you failed to ask why or show any insight, then you wrote about yourself. Sad really.
There could have been an opportunity here for some analysis of tech influenced politics but instead it's 'look at the fanbois queuing at the shop' stereotypical sneering. The bigot journo directing tedious apple v microsoft v linux rabble rousing at another target.
Perhaps it's too much to expect that the reg's rent-a-machinehead writers and tea swilling keyboard tapping readers could comprehend a world outside of little labeled containers.
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