It’s very reasonable to complain about the mistakes recently made by governments and the banking industry. Yet, despite the fact that they have a reasonable point to make, protesters insist on acting like blithering idiots.
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.
At least eight people were arrested but there were no serious injuries reported.
Royal Bank of Scotland is at the center of protesters’ anger because it had to be bailed out by the British government after a series of disastrous deals brought it to the brink of bankruptcy. The bank is now majority-owned by the British taxpayer….
Especially in Britain, bankers have been lambasted as being greedy and blamed for the recession that is making jobless ranks soar.
“It seems like everything is in a mess,” said protester Steve Johnson, 49, an unemployed construction worker. “You get bankers getting massive bonuses, and the MPs (British lawmakers) are lining their own pockets.”
Protesters waved banners reading “Banks are evil,” “Eat the bankers,” and “0% interest in others.”
One protester dressed as the Easter bunny managed to hop through the police cordon but was stopped before he could reach the Bank of England. Another black-clad demonstrator waved a fake light saber at officers.
Musician and political activist Billy Bragg said the time was now to make a difference.
“It’s better than sitting down shouting at the television at these bankers,” he said.
No, it really isn’t…