Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Brussels demonstration

So the anti-Islamization rally made the front page of the BBC's Europe section, but hasn't featured noticeably in the UK broadsheets. A small group of protesters gathered in Brussels despite the demonstration having been banned. Large numbers of police, backed up by dogs and water cannon, arrested three European MPs and other private individuals, sometimes with surprising violence:

Here's the really odd thing. More than anything else, this reminded me of the sort of brutal reaction that counter-culture demonstrations met with in the 1960s, leading up to the killings of students at Kent State in 1970.

Now these same demonstrators have gained power, in their 50s and 60s, and they are acting with the same, or worse, brutality towards demonstrators as they condemned as fascist in their youth.

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