'WE WANT OBAMA MONEY'  2:23 pm April 1, 2009

King’s Army, Cromwellians Parry At G20

by Jim Newell

The YouTubes are flooded with protest videos from G20 where, in quieter quarters, Obama is giving the Queen an iPod filled with libidinous American “noise.” This offers a good Aerial Shot, though, of the protesters — whose parents are probably inside the conference, deciding interest rate policy — taunting the Bobbies, who simply have to take one step forward to scare them all away for a few seconds. [YouTube]

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Min April 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Idiots. What an utterly pointless exercise. Not unlike watching the U.S. Congress.

norbizness April 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

As long as Tony Blair’s head ends up on a pike, it’s all good.

shortsshortsshorts April 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Free Hat!

Clamps April 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I love that a dozen or so coppers are holding back a sea of hundreds of unwashed dirty hippies. I also love that the Bobbies put up w/ the nonsense until some miscreant throws a crowd control barrier at them, the Bobbies charge, and the miscreants try to rebuild the barrier.

In closing, needs more truncheons.

Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof. April 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

@ :40: a porta-loo is not a clown car, people…

ManchuCandidate April 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

If only real life were like a Monty Python Movie…

DENNIS: What I object to is that you automatically treat me like an inferior!
Barry: Well, I am Preznit!
DENNIS: Oh preznit, eh, very nice. And how d’you get that, eh? By exploiting
the workers! By ‘anging on to outdated capitalist dogma which perpetuates
the economic and social differences in your society. If there’s ever going
to be any progress with the–
WOMAN: Dennis, there’s some lovely filth down here. Oh! How d’you do?
Barry: Hello, good lady. I am Barry, Preznit of the US Americans. Who’s
castle is that?
WOMAN: Preznit of the who?
Barry: The US Americans.
WOMAN: Who are the US Americans?
Barry: Well, we all were after 9/11 till the previous Preznit fucked things up. See those fat assed slack jawed idiots in T-shirts, track pants and fanny packs (points to tourists) those are US Americans, and I am their Preznit.
WOMAN: I didn’t know you had a Preznit. I thought you were a militaristic incompetency.
DENNIS: You’re fooling yourself. They’re living in a dictatorship. A self-
perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes–
WOMAN: Oh, there you go, bringing class warfare into it again.

fishcanoeski April 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

The clown car-esque porta potty was funny.

TGY April 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Oh, crap, you weren’t kidding about the iPod. I hope they gave her some speakers other than the ear buds.

Well, but it’s England: j-walking across the street without an ‘erm, excuse me’ is considered a riot.

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

“Let he who is without sense throw the first chicken coop, or whatever the hell that was.”
- Xanadu 20:12

Silly Roundheads.

skippy April 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Scarper lads!

TGY April 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

There are celebrations at South American soccer games that are much more violent.

Sussemilch April 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I’d buy any one ‘o them yellowjackets a stout. GG lads

Kev-O-Tron April 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Protest fail! That is some weak sauce rioting. I thought Brits were supposed to be good at this stuff what with the soccer hooligan fighting and all. Come to Seattle and we’ll show you how to break shit and make some big noise. To this day I think we’re the only city to actually shut down a WTO conference.

I think I spotted iwillsavethispatient in there. Are you on vacation back home?

facehead April 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

[re=278609]Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof.[/re]: [re=278611]fishcanoeski[/re]:

A jolly ole game of crowd the loo!

BillyClubb April 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I was in London last year for the running of the Olympic Torch, and I can tell you the London police are far too polite to beat down the taunting mobs without first talking with them. If that doesn’t work, they’ll have a cup of tea together and that should smooth out the whole unpleasantness.

TGY April 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

[re=278612]TGY[/re]: Can’t picture QE II using ear buds. That’s just a travesty to the Ascent of Man.

V572625694 April 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

[re=278607]Clamps[/re]: I thought they’d thrown a bedspring. In the US and A, those hippies would’ve been riddled with bullets so fast….

Amurrica, Fuck yeah!

ChernobylSoup April 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Lame ass protest. Not a single giant puppet in sight. How are you going to convince a world leader of anything without aggressive puppetry?

BillyClubb April 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

[re=278610]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Please take the rest of that script to Hollywood, as I think you have something there.

ChernobylSoup April 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

[re=278610]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Help, Help; I’m being oppressed.

Servo April 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

…and they all wore Easy Spirit pumps.

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

[re=278607]Clamps[/re]: Aww, it was a barricade? I had my heart set on it being a chicken coop. It’s a striking contrast to American cops though. Take the RNC last year. The riot cops were just laying into people with nightsticks and mace for no reason at all. These guys keep cool and don’t lose their shit. When people start throwing stuff at them, they take three steps forward and give ‘em a Bit of the Old Discipline and then it’s over.

OT, but that RNC business is part of the reason I’m not especially sorry the media is hurting. They all seemed determined to turn a blind eye to the rampant brutality, I guess because they were so cowed by the “liberal media” epithets people hurl at them. I would be out of work if I neglected shit at my job. I don’t see why it’s any different for them.

mrpuma2u April 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

[re=278610]ManchuCandidate[/re]: WIN!!! A small edit suggestion, “I thought you were a syndo-nepotistic aristocracy”

AngryBlakGuy April 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

WTF!!! Where are the good ‘ol drunkard soccer hooligans that I always see on TV beating the each other into hamburger meat?

JohnnyMeatworth April 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I hope Barry put OutKast’s landmark “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” album on Her Majesty’s iPod….

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

[re=278636]mrpuma2u[/re]: “…with corporate oligarchic overtones,”

snideinplainsight April 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Is it just me, or does that look like the least sincere round of smiling the Obamas have ever done for a photo? (It could be just me.)

AngryBlakGuy April 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

…time to break out the Rubber Bullets boys!!!

jagorev April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Like all decent people everywhere, they’re just upset about the iPod and the DVD box set, and Michelle’s sleeveless dress.

isadelia April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

How cool is Barry? He is like your cool uncle or cousin, giving DVD sets and ipods as gifts. Also, why can the queen never be looking in the camera for pictures?

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

[re=278622]BillyClubb[/re]: Agreed. I was in London a couple of years ago and did the whole tourist thing. The bobbies at the Changing of the Guard were really polite. Some German dude jumped the railing to try to get a picture of the Guards coming out of the gate. One of the Bobbies said “Oy, you’re gonna have to get back over here, that’s where the big horses come through,” And he did. Civilly diffused situation.

TGY April 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

[re=278641]snideinplainsight[/re]: They didn’t want to out-sincere the queen.

SayItWithWookies April 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

That was a protest? It looks like a slow Friday night outside of a downtown club in the US.

chascates April 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm

When is V going to show up and talk about the Gunpowder Plot?

freakishlystrong April 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

[re=278647]isadelia[/re]: You would turn to stone.

Kev-O-Tron April 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm

[re=278648]Gallowglass[/re]: That kind of behavior gets a person tazed in my town.

OMG! COPS – in Hong Kong is on the teevee! “all suspects are considered innocent until China says they’re guilty.”

jimmynail April 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Cripes, that was a rough old bit of barney with the rozzers there and no mistake, etc. The sad part is that having spent all day gritting their teeth and being exceptionally nice and non-whompy w/ the middle-class hippies, for the cameras’n’such, all those cops are going to spend next the next three weekends working out their pent-up frustration on pissed-up working class people and hapless browns.

Hooray For Anything April 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

How much would it suck to be sitting on one of those porta-johns taking a shit and be forced out by the cops because a bunch of hippies were protesting?

The Cold Sea April 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Damn! They were cold pulling motherfuckers out of the toilet!

Mr Blifil April 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

God Save the Queen
‘Cause tourists are MONEY!
and our figurehead…
is not what she seems…

Origami April 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

What exactly are these protesters trying to do with their barricades and occasional running towards/from the riot cops? Are they going to storm a building and kill Gordon Brown and start their own form of hippie government? Are they threatening to throw a rock through a McDonald’s window, kill the manager and start their own form of hippie McD’s management where they ALWAYS participate in the promos?

White teenage rage is so confusing.

jimmynail April 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

HFA: as an Englishman, allow me to blow yer mind: the Peelers *actually put the portaloos there*, so the hippies wouldn’t have any “little accidents” and let down the side. That’s how nice our Bizzies are.

I was a hippy back in 2003 (when WE WERE ALL HIPPIES), and I’ve seen our Filth actually hugging people they’ve just dragged off roads our released from cells, posing for photos etc etc. I managed to break into a stealth bomber base and lie in the middle of the runway about 10 days before war started, and rather than shooting me in the face and raping my dismembered corpse, the Coppers, no shit, gently lifted me into a van, made sure I was warm, gave me a cup of tea and then had a lovely old chin-wag about the meaningz of the protestz and how important our democratic rights are etc.

Obviously, once the war actually started they just punched me in the face and broke my glasses and I ran home crying to my mum and sulked for a week.

TGY April 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm

[re=278699]The Cold Sea[/re]: In a riot, one either shits or gets off the pot. One doesn’t hang around, waiting for the last dingleberry to drop, as ’twere.

Mr Blifil April 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Unfortunately for HRH, Barry took her aside and quietly told her that she needed to do more to reconfigure Britain or she’d have to abdicate.

Bruno April 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I’m just back from the G20 riots – a good rumble is all in a good day’s fun. Here are my photos, all taken around 6pm near Bank of England.


I think I saw more people taking pixxx of cops than there were smelly anarchists and cops combined. Most of the people taking the photos were City workers whose firms cleverly told them to dress casual for the day. Not too many spliffs, but I had one.

Holding Out for a Hero April 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

[re=278708]Mr Blifil[/re]: And you sir are why I love the internets so much…Well done…

CampbellBrown' April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Obama needs to get in the middle of that action and get boths sides dancing behind him like in the Beat It video.

teebob2000 April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

“We are quite pleased to see you overcome the primal, savage tendencies bred into those of your race over the millenia, and join civilisation. Now, remind me, what kingdom are you from, Mr Odinga?”

Lascauxcaveman April 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

[re=278713]Bruno[/re]: Ehrm … nothing like a good riot, eh?

teebob2000 April 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Could this BE any tinier and lower quality?? Looks like someone dropped a beetle (not Beatle) on an anthill!

lumpenprole April 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Barry brought a Kindle for Sarkozy that’s loaded up with Danielle Steele and the entire “for Dummies” series.

teebob2000 April 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

[re=278713]Bruno: Not too many spliffs[/re]

Zat elitist British-talk for a sodapop?

iwillsavethispatient April 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

[re=278619]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Haha.. no, I’m still in Seattle, watching that video, cheering on the Police. I was hoping for some macing action on the idiots who were chasing the police as they retreated, that would have been awesome. Best thing about the British Police riot training is that before you’re allowed to use mace on the public, you’ve had to have experienced it in your face. Imagine how nicer US cops would be if they had the same deal with guns and tazers, eh?

I can’t take British Police seriously, though, as my sister’s a copper. Does any of the resident Brits round here know, did they pass that law that was going to make it illegal to take pictures of policemen? If so, that’s going to make Christmas difficult… (Joke stolen from Radio 4)

Servo April 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm

We are the knights that say ‘NEED!’.

d4g33z April 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Funny, I thought the Wonkette crowd would more naturally side with the ‘hippies.’ (Which, as a type, really don’t anymore)

Anyway, I think the riot is actually over Jamie Oliver’s ‘poorman’ menu for the G20 dinner tonight…

seriesoftubescleaner April 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

[re=278609]Professor Proffy McProfalton, Prof.[/re]: Looks like Austin Powers was getting randy with a couple of fembots in the WC.

iwillsavethispatient April 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

[re=278728]teebob2000[/re]: That’s actually exactly what Prince Phillip, Duke of Insulting-the-colonials said. How did you know?

S.Luggo April 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm
proudgrampa April 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I think I’m hearing Quadrophenia in the background. Go Mods! Go Rockers!

Lazy Media April 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

THIS is why a modern nation still needs horse cavalry.

Maybe they could import some Indian cops and get a nice lathi charge going.

stopmebeforeitypeagain April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I’ve seen worse than this coming out of the House Republican Caucus.

But, you know, with the world turning into a shitpile, seems appropriate to hit the streets to say so. Even if these guys are too lame to make the point.

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, I say. Also.

S.Luggo April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Send in the Clown[s] Army. http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/08_02/clownarmyMS1808_468x351.jpg

The G20 should have been held at some place exclusive where people don’t know the meaning of money, like Sullivan’s Island, SC.

You can get there only by trireme, and anarchists, out of principle, refuse to learn how to swim.

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

[re=278713]Bruno[/re]: Looks like it was a lovely day for it. I’m digging the round riot shields. Very “Spartacus” They need tridents and nets to go with it.

Gallowglass April 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm

[re=278829]Lazy Media[/re]: The UK still does. Pretty spiffy actually.


Bruno April 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

[re=278737]teebob2000[/re]: spliff = joint

[re=278850]Gallowglass[/re]: absolutely fabulous day. Best of the year so far!

Lazy Media April 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm

[re=278847]S.Luggo[/re]: They did that in 2004 with the G8. Held it on Sea Island, Georgia (which considers Sullivan’s Island to be a nouveau riche upstart), and made it basically impossible to protest. Hardly any of the usual hippie/anarchist/douchebag suspects even bothered to come. And that was with BUSH there.

Lazy Media April 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

[re=278857]Gallowglass[/re]: Right, so let’s get those lads kitted out with some polo mallets and go to work.

Bruno April 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm

How many people came out of that toilet at 0:55? I’ve been in a few of those portable loos before and its pretty bad just by yourself

bitchincamaro April 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Meh. No tear gas. Ya’ can’t throw a riot without tear gas.

Scandinavian Fetus April 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm

It kind of felt like watching Human Pong.

God I miss my Atari.

prototype April 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I’m kind of glad Americans are too fat and lazy to riot and protest like that.

Fruit Machine April 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Dildos, why aren’t they throwing dildos? Who is they? I think either side could be entertaining in that endeavour.

honkeyman April 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Let’s frighten the bobbies i said to Pooh
alright said Pooh to me
we frightened the bobbies and off they flew
silly old bobbies I said to Pooh
I wasn’t scared were you said Pooh
I’m never frightened when I’m with you

rocktonsammy April 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I hate the Brits, they have all the fun.

DangerousLiberal April 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Boy, if this ragtag group of soccer hooligans and “anarchists” is the New Model Army, I say send ‘em all to Afghanistan. Just the sight of them would scare the shit out of the Taliban, or whomever, yo.

dogscantlookup April 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

They are all mad cuz they have to eat da spotted dick, it’s in da Magna Carta also

DangerousLiberal April 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm

[re=278619]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Seattle’s also good for beating the shit out of a guy while rioting during Mardi Gras while the cops sit around and watch the dude die. Because of the “Lessons of WTO.” Oh, and Seattle government was full of total pussies because they were afraid that someone might blow up the Space Needle on 1/1/00. So they canceled New Year’s eve. Asshats. All the cops are good for in the city of my birth is beating up a few anarchists, and then going up to Capitol Hill to tear gas some queers–sure, they had nothing to do with it, but they don’t fight back as much.

Hedley Lamar April 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

This removes the touchy question of what to get the Queen in the future. iTunes gift cards!

Keram2 April 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

[re=278634]Gallowglass[/re]: A-fucking-men on the media.

ladymacbeth April 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm

[re=278700]Mr Blifil[/re]: [re=279059]honkeyman[/re]: oh thank you both.

sex pistols and pooh.

i live for wonkette.

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