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By Merekat (Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 12:54:14 AM EST) (all tags)
In the pub on Friday, someone was trying to convince me that the extremist republican movement was mellowing and becoming mainstream.


On Saturday, from lunchtime, so-called nationalists  torched cars, smashed up shops, looted and attacked police and journalists during a city centre 'protest' about a parade that never even began. That is how much they care about this nation. They'll happily destroy the capital and nick a new pair of adidas from Footlocker while they are at it.

And in the aftermath, as soon as the all-party condemnnation is out of the way, the political sniping begins. Blame someone else for building materials being available. Blame the minister for justice for there not being enough police. IMO, the minister for justice is the biggest threat to civil liberties currently in government and should have resigned several times already this year over other matters but in this case, I don't belive him culpable. The political tack is that whatever you do, don't blame the fuckers with the bottles full of petrol, the ones who chose to tear down the fences to get at bricks to throw.

The media reportage is a little different, probably because some of the rioters specifically targeted journalists, called one particularly well known one an Orange bastard and dragged him into the crowd and beat him.

I missed most of this. I went to the cinema up around where the parade was supposed to start and never did because the rioting around the corner started first. When the film was over, I left, hearing alarms behind me but didn't think much of it as scumbag kids let off smoke bombs a lot around there. I went through M&S to buy a pair of tights and people started running past me, screaming 'get out of the shop'. The riots never made it there, it was just senseless panic. Still most places closed, imo mainly to get the shutters down, and there were police running everywhere, including some portly specimens obviously more used to desk duty. I zigzagged calmly southwest a bridge or two and then settled down for a coffee and waited for the chaos to pass.

I am very angry.

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That does sound odd for Dublin by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 08:26:25 AM EST
It reminded me of Belfast a few years back. Why can't they riot about normal stuff, like footie games?


Wait... wait... by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 10:46:14 PM EST
What would constitute sensible panic?

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Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
heh by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 10:48:05 PM EST
Good point. In this case, imo, staying inside the shop with the shutters down and gibbering a bit.

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WWJL by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 11:05:52 PM EST
What Would Jebus Loot?  Sandals?

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"I am very angry." by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 11:42:54 PM EST
Time to riot?


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