Skip to comments.City Under Siege as Anarchists Battle
Posted on 07/04/2005 4:20:44 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
ANARCHIST protesters brought chaos to the city centre today as they clashed with police in a series of violent confrontations.
Every business in the city centre was advised to close their doors as riot police confronted protesters along Princes Street and in the West End.
Bottles and plants were used as missiles as the violence spilled over into Princes Street Gardens.
Police appealed for motorists to steer clear of the city centre.
About 200 protesters, some dressed as clowns, tried to break through police lines after being corralled in to Canning Street in the West End as they staged their Carnival for Full Enjoyment.
Officers were punched and kicked as they lined the road to prevent the hoards of protesters pushing on towards the Capital's financial quarter.
Riot police lined up behind mounted officers on Princes Street as they confronted protesters near the Scott Monument.
The anarchists responded by trying to pull benches onto the road before the police advance forced them to flee.
Outside HMV at the West End of Princes Street, mounted police were also forced to call for back up as they confronted protesters.
Shoppers were told to stay inside the store while skirmishes outside - described as "a riot" by one frightened witness - were brought under control by police.
The Carnival for Full Enjoyment started relatively peacefully with protesters dressed as clowns bringing a lighter feel to the demonstrations - despite the ominous presence of notorious Italian anarchists Ya Basta in their trademark all black outfits.
City council leader Donald Anderson, who viewed the scenes of violence unfold, on CCTV screens from the police headquarters at Fettes, said every business in the city centre had been advised to close its doors by the police.
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"About 200 protesters, some dressed as clowns..."
Only SOME were dressed as clowns, but they ALL are clowns.
Full dress review?
I didn't really see that much action today. I did note that two helicopters were circling/hovering the city all day long. I saw some of the anarchists around 4PM coming from the direction of Princes Street down Lothian Road but other than that...
I'm deeply angered about what these people are doing to the image of clowns ;-)
Wood shampoo time!
we are done for, the coalition needs to pull out of Scotland *now*!!!
These are the same groups that always complain about an impending "police state?" It seems that they are the ones that average people need to be afraid of.
So 200 protesters with floppy shoes are laying siege to Glasgow? Robert the Bruce must be rolling over in his grave. Turn the Guards loose!
Pictures, we want pictures!
These "Anarchists" shouldn't be coddled. You want to use violence? Then expect to be met with greater subduing power.
Welcome to the Socialist's best friends brought to you courtesy of George Soros and the Socialists throughout Europe. Unfortunately lots of them have been exported to the USA in the form of "peace" protestors and "democrats"...
Should anyone be surprised that a "catch-and-release" response to violent "protestors" does NOT deter violence?
Being a newbie-ish Freeper cadet, I haven't figured out the html to post pix yet but I'm trying!
Welcome, look up the HTML boot camp threads,
plenty of help is to be had.
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