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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  1. 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.

  2. 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 By ‘anging on to outdated capitalist dogma which perpetuates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.

  3. 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.

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

    Silly Roundheads.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. [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!

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

  9. [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.

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

  11. 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.)

  12. 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?

  13. [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.

  14. [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.”

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. [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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. “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?”

  23. [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)

  24. 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…

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

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

  27. THIS is why a modern nation still needs horse cavalry.

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

  28. 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.

  29. [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.

  30. [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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. [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.

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