WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!! It's yer plebbin' the plod
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You know things are bad when you turn round in a demonstration and the revolting hooded up hoodlum next to you is a policeman. On Thursday (6th) thousands of Greek police, fire-fighters and coast guards took to the streets of central Athens to rally against another round of imminent wage cuts.
The uniformed protesters carried banners inscribed with “Mercy, stop the cuts” and “We can't take it anymore”. They weren't allowed to protest peacefully however, as another faction of police (who clearly hadn't got the memo) blocked their way. Fighting broke out between rioting police and the riot police, the best of the blue-on-blue action came as police were prevented from leaving a depot in Athens and travelling to Thessaloniki to prepare for the upcoming weekend's demonstrations.
The Nea Democratia (New Democracy) party which leads the three headed beast coalition government had, during its pre-election campaign, vowed not to reduce the payrolls of policemen, firefighters, coast guard officers, academics and judges. Oops.
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Sussex cops opened up their training centre at Kingstanding today (25th) as part of a carefully choreographed 'Be the Police for the Day' Event. The aim of the day? “For the public to get a better understanding of how the force works to keep them safe.”
Around 100 kids turned up for the craic, and the cops went to great lengths to find novel ways to connect with da yoof. After a profitable morning of funny handshakes and creative statement writing the cops had to admit“Among the most popular activities with the children were the simulated public order exercises in which the youngsters were asked to hurl bricks at officers.... [the participants] threw themselves into exercises enthusiastically.” We bet! Where was our invite?
Well, yes, we all know that the G8 leaders are an absurd bunch of deluded fantacists. But in a real case of emporer’s new clothes, it seems that the host county’s council is more than willing assist by doing all it can to shield them from any, er, reality.
With the G8 circus just about to roll into town, could it really be coinicidence that, despite Ireland’s ongoing austerity squeeze, large treasure chests of cash have materialised to splurge on tarting up host town Enniskillen and surrounding area; cleaning up, painting, a few repairs, screening derelict buildings and, best of all, painting empty shops to look like full busy thriving shops.
The council have denied that they are planning to lock up all the residents and replace them with cardboard cut-outs of happy, prosperous aspirational consumers.
Maybe if all the protesters took some extra cardboard rioters with them we could have Seattle all over again...