Saturday, April 04, 2009

But the whole world is supposed to luv us now...

Protesters, tear gas and Molotov cocktail explosions mar Michelle Obama's visit to Strasbourg, France.

"Anti-war and anti-capitalist protesters tangled the streets of the Alsatian city of Strasbourg and thwarted her planned visit to an anti-cancer research center with other spouses of NATO leaders.

Police barricades and narrow pedestrian streets that wind through the city center meant she couldn't get there and back by motorcade.

So the visit was shelved, and they had an unplanned coffee with the French first lady instead. A few kilometers (miles) away, Molotov cocktails and tear gas canisters exploded as protesters pushed back riot police, filling the spring air with smoke and acrid stench. Nearby, 28 NATO leaders met to choose a new chief for the alliance and seek answers for Afghanistan.

Such violence is not all that common here. But marches, strikes and demonstrations are a standard form of public expression in France, and cars are regularly burned on the weekends in Stasbourg's poorer neighborhoods."

I guess they haven't heard of all the magic available in the unicorn forest.

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