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#1    fearfulone

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:40 PM

Belgian Police Fire Teargas at Anti-Bush Protesters

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police fired teargas at hundreds of demonstrators protesting the visit of President Bush (news - web sites) to European Union (news - web sites) headquarters on Tuesday.


Teargas rounds were fired from a police truck after a petrol bomb landed among police in riot gear, a Reuters witness said.


A female police officer was injured and skirmishes broke out between the leftist protesters and police, who used trucks to push back the crowd from near the EU Council building where Bush was meeting EU leaders.


The demonstration had begun peacefully but turned violent when firecrackers and flares were thrown at the police. The street was left littered with broken glass.


Two previous protests against Bush's visit Sunday and Monday passed off peacefully with relatively small crowds.


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Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:57 PM

It seems like Bush is not going to make it back from Europe... unsure.gif

Edited by Athenian, 22 February 2005 - 06:57 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2005 - 07:20 PM

For god's sakes, its their country and the foreigner is the one who's treated like he owns the place.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 03:16 AM

so you mean that the police weren't justified in using teargas to disperse a violent crowd?

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Two previous protests against Bush's visit Sunday and Monday passed off peacefully with relatively small crowds.


^ how to demonstrate

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Teargas rounds were fired from a police truck after a petrol bomb landed among police in riot gear, a Reuters witness said.


^ not how to demonstrate


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Posted 23 February 2005 - 03:23 AM

I agree with bathory.
Bush is traveling Europe, and being welcomed by the leaders of Europe, for a variety of issues, all of which are an attempt to improve relations across the Atlantic.
These kinds of demonstrations causes the rest of the world to look down on the demonstrators.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 03:55 AM

There is nothing wrong with peacful demonstration, its gets the point across and people will listen, when it becomes violent, people wont pay attention and will disregard all demonstartors for this behaviour.
The use of teargas was justified and the demonstrators who became violent should be ashaned of themselves because they have now made all the demonstrators look bad.


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Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:30 AM

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These kinds of demonstrations causes the rest of the world to look down on the demonstrators.


No, just cause America and Austrailia (the two countries who didn't sign up to Kyoto) do doesn't mean everyone else does. In Europe many will support these individuals standing up for there democratic right of speech even if while Bush is around it seems to be banned. Just because one or two demonstrations turn violent does not mean all anti-Bush demonstrators should be condemed.


Edit: Actually just ignore that Homer, I notice you used the 'these kinds' to already differenciate anti-Bush protests and violent ones.

Edited by Talon S., 23 February 2005 - 01:14 PM.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:38 AM

I think it was warranted. They were throwing petrol bombs and all.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:43 AM

Correction. A few people at one or two demos were. Anyway, it wouldn't have happened if Bush didn't bring it on himself.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:53 AM

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. A few people at one or two demos were.


and thats why the police dispersed the group with nonlethal means

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Anyway, it wouldn't have happened if Bush didn't bring it on himself.


he brought it upon himself? and the logical outcome is protestors throwing a petrol bomb at police? bahaha

There is absolutely no justification for what the way in which the behaved.

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No, just cause America and Austrailia (the two countries who didn't sign up to Kyoto) do doesn't mean everyone else does.


so you mean the rest of the world loves violent protest? did you even read what homer wrote?  

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In Europe many will support these individuals standing up for there democratic right of speech even if while Bush is around it seems to be banned.


wow you just love to make sh** up, subject is about teargas being fired at ONE anti-bush protest which turned violent, the article even mentions that they had  several peaceful protests the days before.  

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Just because one or two demonstrations turn violent does not mean all anti-Bush demonstrators should be condemed.


noones condemning the anti-bush demonstrators as a whole, we are condemning the retards who were throwing objects (including a petrol bomb) at police. Reading every single post it everyone is incredibly supportive of peaceful protesting, i don't know where you are pulling this notion that someone is saying that all the demonstrators were bad.


Edited by bathory, 23 February 2005 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:58 AM

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he brought it upon himself? and the logical outcome is protestors throwing a petrol bomb at police? bahaha

There is absolutely no justification for what the way in which the behaved.


And the fact that he's he leader of the country right now polluting the world more than any other has no meaning?

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 10:03 AM

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And the fact that he's he leader of the country right now polluting the world more than any other has no meaning?


I still fail to see how this justifies a group of protestors lobbing a petrol bomb at their own police.


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Posted 23 February 2005 - 10:18 AM

There is no justification for this kind of action at all and no amount of twisting it will work,just accept it ,that is the wrong way to get your point accross


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Posted 23 February 2005 - 01:16 PM

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I still fail to see how this justifies a group of protestors lobbing a petrol bomb at their own police.


Oh, I'm not justifying attacking the police, they probably hate Bush too, get doing a job. I'm just saying that there are reasons why people are this angry, and instead of complaining about protestors, move thought should be given as to why the US President is hated this much.

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 01:18 PM

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There is no justification for this kind of action at all and no amount of twisting it will work,just accept it ,that is the wrong way to get your point accross


You ignore that in history civil disobedence has always been used by good to get its message across. Both Civil Rights movements and the Sufferogettes used violence on occassion.

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