The G20 summit is set to convene next week in London, and English police are gearing up for confrontations with multitudes of angry protesters, with fears that some protests may turn violent. The fears are given weight with the recent vandalism against the home of Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin, and while various groups have always protested the gathering of world economic leaders, the global economic repression has many more feeling acutely wronged.
While many protest organizers are undoubtedly not stoking the violence, tensions will be running high. Take a look at some of the protest promotion posters over at Michelle Malkin’s site and you’ll see that feel-good pacificism isn’t the order of the day. One need only look at the riots in Seattle against the World Trade Organization in 1999 for a recent example of how protests can become ugly. I hope that there aren’t too many unpleasantries in London, but the feelings of tension have me feeling a little bit nervous.
Contrast this scene with the entirely peaceful Tea Party rallies being held across the nation. April 15th looks to be a big day as countless rallies are scheduled to be held across the country. The Atlanta Tea Party will be promoted by national radio host Sean Hannity as well as other speakers, and even my own hometown of Dayton, OH is getting into the act. I’d like to be there myself, and if I do, I’ll be sure to give a full accounting. On the whole, the peaceful tax protests will be a stark contrast in style to the hyper-tense potentially-violent clashes in London.
It’s another reason why I hope things stay sane in London. If protests turn ugly there, it’s not much of a stretch to think that economic protests here would be closely monitored if not curbed slightly in the wake of a disaster, which I pray doesn’t happen. In any event, the eyes of the world will be watching London very closely next week.