Scotland July 2005 - G8 Jihad! Anti-G8 Protests Kick Ass
G8 protestsWitnessing the protests againt the meeting of the G8 (the world's 8 most powerful leaders) was inspiring as hell.
Coming from America, where political repression and violent militarized policing have dampened the possibilities of dissent, it was quite invigorating to see so much passion and fearlessness amongst so many diverse people gathered to confront the apocolyptic agenda of the G8. This gathering was far more international than say, the assemblage of corrupt nation states at the UN. It was certainly far more genuine than the staged and pompous internaionalism of the Olympics which nations were competing to host. We felt good about shutting down all the major roads leading to Gleneagles, despite hordes of riot cops. We had to escape them through fields of sheep and cows and cliffs and woods. Ah, welcome to Scotland. Tis quite lovely in the countryside actually when you are not running for your life from darth vader like cops. This was no vacation, but rather, a revolutionary furor manifesting. Diverse flames coming together - a bonfire of the insanities. But it is not we who are insane.. We want to protect life on earth, while they, the G8 - burn people to death in the thousands, as in Iraq, as their profit driven suicidal madness is irreversably destroying the earth's life support systems.
Aye! as the Scottish would say, what's a lassie to do!?! Like the Americans once confronted the fascists on the shores of Normandy, wave after wave of anarchists, insurgent clowns, irate Italians, 'respectable' socialists, and black clad Spanish and Germans shouting 'anti-capitalista!' - threw themselves into the fray. The seemingly impentrable fortress of Gleneagles where the G8 was meeting was indeed disrupted. The fence surrounding the perimeter at Gleneagles was not only breached, but the fence itself was picked up by the people's unquenchable thirst for anarchy - and thrown at the cops. They had to send for more troops, police dogs, and chinook helicopeters to try and intimidate people. The world saw that the G8 world leaders were being challenged, confronted, and discredited, and that their promises were hollow and that they were indeed lying bastards.
The world saw that global opposition to tyranny, greed and war is indeed alive and kicking ass. Thank you very much.