Friday, February 18, 2005

Greenpeace invaders get their butts kicked; continue whining...

It seems that a bunch of Greenpeace idiots "activists" thought they'd commemorate the Kyoto Protocol by shutting down trading on the Internation Petroleum Exchange in London. Unfortunately for them, they got their hippie butts kicked.

They made their way to the trading floor, blowing whistles and sounding fog horns, encountering little resistance from security guards. Rape alarms were tied to helium balloons to float to the ceiling and create noise out of reach. The IPE conducts “open outcry” trading where deals are shouted across the pit. By making so much noise, the protesters hoped to paralyse trading.

But they were set upon by traders, most of whom were under the age of 25. “They were kicking and punching men and women indiscriminately,” a photographer said. “It was really ugly, but Greenpeace did not fight back.”

Mr Beresford said: “They followed the guys into the lobby and kept kicking and punching them there. They literally kicked them on to the pavement.”

My favorite part -- the continued whining and response from the traders:

[O]ne protester said, rubbing his bruised skull[,] “I’ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.”

Another said: “I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.” Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: “Sod off, Swampy.”

Aw, he's "never seen anyone less amenable to listening to [their] point of view"? These guys storm the floor of the exchange with air horns trying to destroy trading, potentially ruining companies employing hundreds of people, and they're surprised that they didn't get invited for a cuppa and a discussion group on Noam Chomsky's new book?

I'm with the trader.

Sod off, Swampy.

[Hat tip: TIA Daily]

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