November 4, 2005


Summit Protests Turn Violent in Argentina (BILL CORMIER, 11/04/05, Associated Press)

Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of this seaside resort Friday chanting "Get out Bush" as the U.S. president sought to promote free trade at a divided Summit of the Americas. Protests turned violent with about 1,000 people shattering shopfronts with clubs and pelting riot police with stones. [...]

Demonstrators took to the streets hours before the summit started, shouting insults about Bush and chanting "Fascist Bush! You are the terrorist!"

Later, some tried to break through a barricade on Avenida de Colon, a main shopping street. Booming tear gas canisters arced overhead as riot police surged forward, moving to repel the masked protesters who also trained slingshots on police.

Demonstrators carried sticks the size of baseball bats. Most were masked to cover their faces from police and guard against acrid tear gas. Car sirens also wailed as residents - including elderly people and children - fled while police held fast behind the barricades.

Protesters set fire to American flags and a bank. Several young people threw sharpened sticks toward police, who carried plastic shields and wore orange vests. Protesters dragged furniture from some stores and used it as fuel to set fires to keep police back.

Ramon Madrid, a hotel manager hurriedly closed up just three stores down from a pastry shop with shattered windows. He said he had never seen such violence in the bucolic seaside resort, Argentina's favored vacation spot.

"I don't like Bush, but this is too much. There is no need for violence," Madrid said.

...that those of us who believe in things like America and liberty and free trade never run through the streets wilding?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2005 5:55 PM

Maybe we should try? Certainly one of the reasons Bush is called a "dictator" and "tyrant" and what-have-you so often is because he clearly is not, and therefore to do so won't result in any danger. Try the same thing in a real dictatorship or totalitarian country, and you get a bad case of the never-seen-agains... which, naturally, means that fewer people do it.

I'm of course not being serious. As Instapundit once (unseriously) said, in reference to stories about piggy banks and stories about pigs being banned out of respect/fear of Muslims: "My advice to Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc.: Start blowing things up and beheading people. This will gain you enormous solicitude from the powers-that-be." (Note that one or both stories were later shown to be untrue.)

Posted by: Just John at November 4, 2005 6:40 PM

The proper response is to wait for the Argentine Finance Minister's next visit to NY, or the World Bank, and then have hundreds of midwestern conservatives surround his car, waving their wallets and purses, demanding their payment for the failures of Peronism. Shake the car, pelt him with tomatoes and eggs, charge into the restaurant where he is lunching and act like Diego Maradrona did today. Call him a gaucho gangster and run his sorry butt back to Dulles or JFK.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 4, 2005 7:08 PM

> "Demonstrators carried sticks the size of baseball bats."

The rioters in France are also described as using baseball bats. No one ever uses cricket bats. Or tennis rackets.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at November 4, 2005 9:29 PM

Or golf clubs or fishing poles.

Posted by: Patrick H at November 4, 2005 9:40 PM

Let's not forget hockey sticks, polo mallets, and most fearsome of all, the curling broom.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 4, 2005 9:56 PM

The photos of the Argentine disturbance (via Michelle Malkin's site) offers up just another reason to disdain soccer.

Posted by: John at November 5, 2005 1:28 AM

We effect their lives. Our government effects their lives. No wonder they care about us. Now, as to why we should care about them...

Posted by: David Cohen at November 5, 2005 2:51 AM

We "effect" their lives? "Wilding" in the streets? "Efforting" information? This could be the end of civilization as we know it. I say it's time for the West to stand as one in the war against terrorist verbs.

Posted by: Peter B at November 5, 2005 5:21 AM