Violent "May Day" protest in Berlin

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 4EvrLearning, May 3, 2009.

  1. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    (I added "bolding" to the paragraph below. Does this situation seem ironic to anyone else?)

    273 German Police injured in May Day Riots


    Sat May 2, 1:16 pm ET

    BERLIN – More than 270 police officers were injured in this year's May Day riots in the German capital, prompting criticism Saturday of Berlin security officials and calls for more officers.

    Though the majority of the 273 officers suffered only minor injuries Friday, 14 were badly enough hurt that they will need to take time off work, said Berlin police chief Dieter Glietsch. He did not have more specifics.

    In all, 5,800 police officers were on hand to try to keep a lid on the violence that has become a yearly ritual in Berlin. They used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon as some of the roughly 5,000 leftist demonstrators, marching under the motto "capitalism is war and crisis," threw stones and bottles.

    Dozens of demonstrators were injured but there were no exact figures; 289 were arrested. A bank and a fire station had windows broken.

    This year's demonstrations turned violent earlier than in previous years, leading to more injuries and arrests. Last year, 112 police officers were hurt and 150 demonstrators arrested.

    Rainer Wendt, chairman of one of Germany's national police unions, criticized Berlin interior minister Erhart Koerting's handling of the operation, saying protesters were allowed too much time to get out of hand and urging that a "no tolerance" policy be adopted in the future.

    "Whoever throws a stone or wears a mask must be immediately taken out of play," he told the Neuen Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper.

    Koerting condemned the violence, but said overall the police response could be considered a success.

    "The deployment concept saw many different measures of violence prevention available, which the police quickly and effectively were able to use when it came to criminal acts," he said.

    Konrad Freiberg, the head of Germany's other major police union, said forces had been cut back by 10,000 officers across the country since 2000, making it difficult to muster enough police for major confrontations.

    "On days like May 1 we are on the fringes of our capacity," he told Bild newspaper. "This is a political issue... The state must recruit more police despite the economic crisis."
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  2. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    Although I believe that a protest for peace that turns violent is ironic, I must focus on the side concerning crisis. My rant on this could almost be another post entirely. :D

    That part is definitely ironic. I told someone yesterday that they can expect virtually EVERYTHING to be presented as a 'crisis' for the next 4 years. I'm getting sick and dang tired of the alleged crises we've seen since Obama stumbled his way into office.

    Continued here... :D
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  3. What it sounds like, 4Evr, are the last days of the Weimar Republic in Germany, along about 1932, just before Hitler seized power. Don't be surprised to see similar demonstrations here within the next couple of years.
  4. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    The Tea Partys sure didn't get any attention from the MSM.

    Maybe a little violence would?
    Not that I condone violence, but when libs protest, they get all kinds of coverage. When conservatives protest, they get a couple lines of page 12.
    That and a mocking from the MSM. Leave it up to the liberals to equate a tea bag (from a historical stand), to a sexual act. And then to drive it into the dirt. We've been labeled as perverts by the MSM, while they are the ones that came up with the idea.:confused:

    Next time, instead of tea bags (as they couldn't figure it out), we should all bring a cartridge of choice. Not a violent act by any means, but it would sure convey the message. Send a million cartridges to congress (not the whitehouse) with a simple note. Don't tread on me.
  5. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
  6. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    About 5,800 cops and about 5,000 demonstrators. They had them out numbered and still couldn't control them? Something is wrong with this picture.

    In my area, 5,000 demonstrators would be controlled by about 50 Sheriff deputies and local cops. There are some games we hicks just will not play.