"LONDON – G-20 protesters clashed with riot police in downtown London on Wednesday, breaking into the heavily guarded Royal Bank of Scotland and smashing its windows. Earlier, they tried to storm the Bank of England and pelted police with eggs and fruit.
At least 4,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists and others jammed into London's financial district for what they called "Financial Fool's Day." The protests were called ahead of Thursday's summit of world leaders, who hope to take concrete steps to resolve the global financial crisis that has lashed nations and workers worldwide.
Some protesters spray-painted the side of the RBS building with the phrases "class war" and "thieves." Others pushed against columns of riot police who swatted them away with batons.
Demonstrators shouted "Abolish Money!" and clogged streets in the area known as "The City" even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama held a news conference elsewhere in the British capital."
I like the way the AP included environmentalists in this licentious lot of street thugs. I wonder if those who worship this rock above all else have considered the enormous carbon footprint of these riots? Silly question.
The ToL has a video of the bank's breach. I'm not sure who was in greater number, the looters or the media, but notice the media simply jockeying for the best news footage as the damage occurs. Parasites.
Before hand, the police issued an advisory - warning, really - to the adults still trying to make an honest living:
"Many City workers had turned up for work "dressed down" - on police advice - to avoid becoming a target for the protesters. Yet the antagonism was clear as City staff waved £10 notes from their office windows and bellowed insults at the marchers below."
A deprecatory Pres. Obama simply stated that his fellow Americans with their "voracious" consumerism could not be counted on to pull the world's financial biscuits out of the fire.
"If there is to be new growth, it cannot just be the United States as the engine," he said. "Everyone is going to have to pick up the pace."
Master of the obvious. I wonder if Pres. Obama includes those licentious looters outside in the street in his statement?