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AP Stresses Peacefulness Of London Riot

From the famously understated Associated Press:

London’s biggest protest since Iraq war in 2003

By Meera Selva And Aaron Edwards Sat Mar 26, 2011

LONDON – More than 250,000 people took to London’s streets to protest the toughest spending cuts since World War II — one of the largest demonstrations since the Iraq war — as riot police clashed with a small groups. More than 200 people were arrested.

Although most of Saturday’s demonstration was peaceful, clashes continued into the night as dozens of protesters pelted officers with bottles and amonia [sic]-filled lightbulbs. Groups set several fires and smashed shop windows near tourist landmarks such as Trafalgar Square.

This solitary article appears to be the full extent of the coverage in the American media of the outrageous rioting and destruction that took place in the heart of London.

Indeed, the AP goes on to stress how wonderfully peaceful the protest was. (It should be noted that the photos above and below are from the UK press, not the AP. The AP’s photos only show the happy smiling faces of the peaceful protesters.)

Teachers, nurses, firefighters, public sector workers, students, pensioners and campaign groups all took part in Saturday’s mass demonstration.

"They shouldn’t be taking money from public services. What have we done to deserve this?" said Alison Foster, a 53-year-old school teacher. "Yes, they are making vicious cuts. That’s why I’m marching, to let them know this is wrong." …

The AP neglects to mention that these people were are union members. They also fail to mention that the entire protest was staged by the Trade Union Congress, which runs the unions in the UK.

Indeed, the word ‘union’ does not even appear until the bottom of the article. And there is it only mentioned once.

Commander Bob Broadhurst of the Metropolitan Police confirmed more than 250,000 people had marched peacefully, but said around 500 caused trouble.

You see, it was just a tiny splinter group. It’s sort of like the way a few Muslim terrorists give other Muslim extremists a bad name.

Hundreds were arrested and police expected that number to rise. Dozens were injured, and several were admitted to hospitals for a range of problems, including shortness of breath and broken bones. Five police officers were also injured.

The British press reports that at least 84 people, including 31 policemen were injured. But who’s counting?

The demonstration began in the afternoon. Police said one small group of protesters broke away from the main march, scuffling with police officers and attempting to smash windows on two of London’s main shopping streets. Others threw objects at the posh Ritz Hotel in nearby Piccadilly.

The protesters, shouting "Welfare not Warfare!" outnumbered the police. Some attacked police officers with large pieces of wood. A handful of bank branches were damaged when groups threw paint and flares at buildings.

Still, the day’s protest otherwise had a carnival feel with music, big screen TVs and performers in Hyde Park, one of London’s biggest public gardens.

Just for a laugh, try to imagine the press coverage if a splinter group of conservatives – especially Tea Party types – ever went on such a rampage. Do you think the AP would stress the peacefulness of the larger protest? Its carnival like atmosphere?

Go to the British papers and see some of the photos from this "carnival." It was a carnival of anarchists – or more accurately — communists. (After all, real anarchists don’t demand more government benefits.)

The TUC, the main umbrella body for British unions, says it believes the cuts will threaten the country’s economic recovery, and has urged the government to create new taxes for banks and to close loopholes that allow some companies to pay less tax.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said he regretted the sporadic violence

Why mention him when the article fails to even mention that the TUC was the event’s organizer? Also notice that the AP couldn’t even be bothered to spell out TUC – the Trade Union Congress. They don’t want to put too much stress on how this was a total union show.

"I don’t think the activities of a few hundred people should take the focus away from the hundreds of thousands of people who have sent a powerful message to the government today," he said. "Ministers should now seriously reconsider their whole strategy after today’s demonstration. This has been Middle Britain speaking."

Oddly enough, that would seem to be the AP’s position as well. The less said about the rioters the better. This was just ‘hard working middle class families’ speaking out.

Just like we saw in Wisconsin.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP Stresses Peacefulness Of London Riot”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The “anarchists” are mad about government sending cuts. So they attack small businesses and shops?


    • JohnMG says:

      A peaceful riot, huh?

      Is that anything like a civilized beating? Or a humane shooting during an armed robbery?

      Or an unbiased AP? Isn’t this what was once termed an oxymoron? Like post-racial president!

    • tranquil.night says:

      Levin calls them Neo-Anarchists, I think they’re more or less nihilists. They believe in self-rule and traditional personal responsibility as much as they believe in state rule, which is to say not at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them believe the doomsayers of environmental extremism.

      Meet the first true anarchist.

      Regardless, an instapundit reader has it right: “The modern anarchists are just the far-left’s muscle.” Lower than union thugs on the food chain, they’re useful idiots in the war on capitalism.

      They’re using Islam similarly.

    • proreason says:

      yeh, nihilists.

      They are relatively rare in the US, so far. They emerge in force after socialism wins, and in this country, that battle is still being fought. I think you are correct that they are the foot-soldiers of the left, but during the marxist stage that follows the intitial takeover of representative governments. At that point, stealing from the rich is no longer possible so the thieves can only complain about divying up the spoils. That is the stage Europe is in. The bigger problem for the nihilists comes when the masters decide that the time has come to shut down the candy store altogether. At that point the nihilists are killed.

    • Petronius says:

      The nihilists (or so-called “anarchists”) are also rare in England. As a matter of fact, most of them were not English (or other British), but rather were radicalized Germans and other European leftists and a smattering of Third World immigrants. The nihilists were actively supported by BBC and other journalists every step of the way. The larger crowd of protesters was made up of Labourites, trade unionists, anti-capitalists, and other moochers chanting “tax the rich,” “welfare not warfare,” “Tory scum,” and “f— the Tories.” The strength of the Labour Party comes from the immigrants and from Scotland and Wales. The nihilists attacked central London businesses, hotels, and shopping areas, including Oxford Street department stores, shops, and Vodafone, Topshop Oxford Circus, banks including Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds, and Santander, Piccadilly including The Ritz and Fortnum’s, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, public monuments, and the police, of whom 31 were injured and 11 hospitalized. Street fighting raged late into the night, and finished about 2:30 AM Sunday.

      The nihilists are straight out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook. As such they are Nerobama’s ideological brethren.

  2. proreason says:

    I’m predicting there will be an escalation of media bias for the 2012 election.

    You laugh, of course, because on the surface it seems impossible, but there is still a level left.

    In 2012, cbsnbcabccnnmsnbc will formally endorse Barack Obama. In addition, the news anchors and major personalities on those networks will all declare their support for the boy king.

    It’s all or nothing in 2012. The oaths of fealty will be made as the networks position to maintain their positions at the right hand of the king, as the rest of society descends into the black hole of serfdom.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Full court press from all fronts. I’m sure you’ve seen Media Matters’ new directive. Protests, full time propoganda. They even have the Game Change movie queued up for the opportunity to mock Sarah.

      Bring it on.

  3. canary says:

    Where is London’s rebels when muslims get their streets blocked off to protest and pray with the London police guarding them. All those muslim wives and children growing on welfare. London paying for all those mosques.

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