Visitors to Broadmead in Bristol had their shopping disrupted when a group of about 30 protestors clashed with police and security staff at Marks & Spencer.Well, of course? Why not bring some of that conflict to the English high street, and terrorise shoppers who probably couldn’t point Gaza out on a map? I mean, if you flew over there to show ‘solidarity’ with the Hamas scum, you might wind up on the end of an Israeli bullet. At the very least, you’d miss signing-on day…
One person was arrested when scuffles broke out after the protestors got to the checkout and refused to pay for their food.
They were demonstrating because Marks & Spencer imports food from Israel, which is currently bombing Gaza in a conflict with its leaders Hamas.
Naturally, being England, you don’t face much consequence at all for your behaviour:
An Avon and Somerset police spokesman confirmed that one man was arrested for public order offences and said that after the arrest was made, the other demonstrators left the store.If these kind of ‘protests’, whipped up by professional agitators, aren’t nipped in the bud quickly, we’re in for problems…
A Marks & Spencer spokesman said that nothing was taken from the store during the protest.
Do we want to end up with scenarios like this one from the States?
A protest over the fatal shooting by a BART police officer of an unarmed black man mushroomed into several hours of violence Wednesday night as demonstrators smashed storefronts and cars, set several cars ablaze and blocked streets in downtown Oakland.The storefronts and cars belonged to ‘the establishment’, did they? Not quite:
The mob smashed the windows at Creative African Braids on 14th Street, and a woman walked out of the shop holding a baby in her arms.Strangely, this didn’t move the members of her ‘community’:
"This is our business," shouted Leemu Topka, the black owner of the salon she started four years ago. "This is our shop. This is what you call a protest?"
"I feel like the night is going great," said Nia Sykes, 24, of San Francisco, one of the demonstrators. "I feel like Oakland should make some noise. This is how we need to fight back. It's for the murder of a black male."Presumably, she mean no demonstrators. Cops and other people were no doubt considered fair game…
Sykes, who is black, had little sympathy for the owner of Creative African Braids. "She should be glad she just lost her business and not her life," Sykes said. She added that she did have one worry for the night: "I just hope nobody gets shot or killed."
Earlier in the evening, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums met the mob on 14th Street, urging calm and leading them on a walk to City Hall, where he gave a speech.And they then immediately set out to prove how wrong he was…
"I sense your frustration," he told the crowd. "I understand that you've lost confidence in a process because you've seen what you believe is a homicide ... But listen to me, we are a community of people. We are civilized people. We are a nation of laws.
Nearby, Godhuli Bose stood near her smashed Toyota Corolla as a man walked by, repeatedly called her a misogynist slur and then added, "F- your car."These people weren’t ‘protestors’ – they were a mob of animals, interested in only one thing – violence and disorder.
Bose, a high school teacher, said: "I can't afford this."
And behind it all? The usual suspects:
The core group of the mob appeared to be about 40 people, several of whom were with Revolution Books, a Berkeley bookstore. A man distributed the "Revolution" newspaper - whose tagline is "voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S.A." - as he shouted "This whole damn system is guilty!"Anyone thinking ‘Well, it’s the US – that won’t happen here!’ can go read this example of what the police are facing while the anarchists and professional agitators are driving the anti-Gaza demos in London…