Thursday, September 24, 2009
More Liberals Gone Wild
G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets
PITTSBURGH – Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks.
The marchers did not have a permit and, after a few blocks, police declared it an unlawful assembly. They played an announcement over a loudspeaker telling people to leave or face arrest and then police in riot gear moved in to break it up.
Protesters split into smaller groups. Some rolled large metal trash bins toward police, and a man in a black hooded sweat shirt threw rocks at a police car, breaking the front windshield. Protesters broke windows in a few businesses, including a bank branch and a Boston Market restaurant.
The sad thing is that as far as these economic conference protests go, this appeared fairly peaceful.
The question is, how long are we going to continue tolerating this behavior before putting an end to it?
The police are told to stand aside and let these people run wild. It's the same in riots. We don't want any innocent protesters injured, do we?
I think this is nonsense. We need to take a tough stance on any of these types of violent outbursts. These people, as are rioters, are terrorists and need to be treated as such.
I have a simple solution.
-Set aside a high school gymnasium as a processing center for arrests
-Bring in the National Guard
-Cordon off the area
-Announce that all who are there are there illegally and give them a set amount of time, maybe 10 - 15 minutes to peacefully leave the area
-After this time has expired send in the National Guard to arrest anyone left in the area. If the protesters get hurt, it was their decision.
I know some will say, but what about the tea partiers or health care reform protesters? The difference is in the violence. I view all people who commit violence as a form of protest the same. If tea partiers start burning cars, throwing rocks at police, smashing windows, then treat them the same.
More importantly though, have we seen any of these groups doing this? Anyone else noting that it is only the libs acting like animals like this?