NEWS: Genoa riots

From: J Corbally (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 08:19:05 MDT

Good to be back, missed you all. Hope everyone is well.

Fresh clashes at Genoa summit

>Violence has erupted for a second day on the streets of Genoa as
>anti-capitalist demonstrators attempt to disrupt the G8 summit.
>Tens of thousands of protesters set off on a peaceful march, but a hard
>core of about 2,000 broke away from the main procession and attacked
>police with bottles and stones.

There has been some interesting coverage of the Genoa riots on British
TV. While generally sympathetic and understanding towards the protestors,
the media seems to be souring on the whole anti-globalization movement. I
think people are beginning to wonder why they feel the need to rip up
paving stones to prove a point. Also, waving a flag with Chairman Mao on
it generally won't endear you to the public at large.

I get the feeling they are looking more like bored youth than a coherent
movement. While they've listed their concerns in general, they seem to be
short on specifics with regards to "solutions".

Seeing one's hometown trashed with also leave a bad taste in the
mouth. They may just have gone too far this time.


"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'

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