Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Europe Is Burning

Here's some footage of the riots that followed yesterday's vote in Italy to keep Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government in office.

Masked demonstrators burned cars and smashed shop windows. Plumes of white tear gas billowed over city squares. More than 100,000 anti-Berlusconi demonstrators snaked through the capital. Large student protests converged on Piazza Venezia, a block from Berlusconi's fortified private residence. By sundown, almost 100 people – both protesters and police – were reported injured, including about two dozen hospitalized, according to the Associated Press. About 40 were reportedly taken into police custody.

There were also riots in Greece, in protest of government austerity measures.

And in Britain, where police recently tipped a wheelchair-bound protester out of his chair and dragged him through the street, there are even protests about the tactics used during protests.

Meanwhile, here in America, a couple of guys from the television had dueling meet-ups on the Mall.

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conklin (#364)

Meanwhile, here in America, a couple of guys from the television had dueling meet-ups on the Mall.

And the "dueling" was ironic.

Smitros (#5,315)

They're gonna party like it's 1848.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Reached for comment in his bedchambers, P.M. Berlusconi said a Hallmark card that played "I'm Burning For You" will do next time.

brent_cox (#40)

We've never been very good at rioting, to be fair.

theheckle (#621)

I think we WERE good at rioting. Think about the impact of the post-MLK assassination riots. Those were the beginning of the long-term decline of many of our mid-sized cities.

However, I think our size and the regional nature of our conflicts makes rioting so much less exciting. If a national police force had beaten Rodney King riots would have been more wide-spread. If our cities were closer together that might cause more rioting.

I mean hell, a small but vocal minority of people believe Obama is an illegitimate President and the best they can do is wear stupid costumes and spell poorly. In Thailand a little election tom-foolery results in people taking over the GOD DAMNED capital.

Okay, I take it back, we are just lazy slobs. My grandfather was right. America is going down the shitter.

Where's the whiskey in this office?

brent_cox (#40)

Do not hog that whiskey.

LondonLee (#922)

Sup up your beer and collect your fags, there's a row going on down near Slough.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

What a catalyst you turned out to be, loaded the guns then you run off home for your tea.

Oakland is pretty good at rioting, generally.

hockeymom (#143)

We are excellent at rioting about important things.
Like college sports.

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

At the state university I went to, they once hired a tank to sit in front of the fraternities to prevent them from trying to burn non-flammable things like goalposts and metal bedframes after some championship or another. Excellent use of resources, guys!

hockeymom (#143)

Michigan State?

Louis Fyne (#2,066)


deepomega (#1,720)

If only we set more things on fire in this country.

LondonLee (#922)

John Boehner looks very flammable.

HonoriaGlossop (#1,247)

I'm from Philly; we just bomb people when they start getting uppity.

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