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    Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Protests Turn Violent in London Over Budget Cuts - FoxNews.com
    Demonstrators swarm central London to protest spending cuts - CNN.com
    London protesters clash with police - World news - Europe - msnbc.com

    Protest in the U.K. turn violent during protest over the government trying to cut 100,000,000,000 dollars from the budget. Is this normal style European protest or this an example of when people become too dependent on the Government and feel entitled to all government programs?

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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    It's merely what the mobs are told to do when their leaders are confronted with maybe losing a political battle over benefits.

    Same thing happened in Wisconsin. The mobs trashed the state capitol, the legislature ended their privilege of a closed shop. The taxpayers won a round, finally.

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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    It's a reflection of how a couple of hundred anarchists can steal the headlines from the biggest demonstration in years, involving people from trade unions to church groups and Womens' Institutes. The middle class spoke out against the savage cuts being made to disability support, home care services for the elderly, Early Start programmes for toddlers, and against the general principle of making the poor pay for bankers' gambling debts while the bankers award themselves bigger and bigger bonuses.
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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Protests Turn Violent in London Over Budget Cuts - FoxNews.com
    Demonstrators swarm central London to protest spending cuts - CNN.com
    London protesters clash with police - World news - Europe - msnbc.com

    Protest in the U.K. turn violent during protest over the government trying to cut 100,000,000,000 dollars from the budget. Is this normal style European protest or this an example of when people become too dependent on the Government and feel entitled to all government programs?
    99.8% of the protesters were peaceful.

    As for "normal sytle".. do you mean we actually protest against things we are against? Yes we do.. I know it is alien to you yanks, but we Europeans do so. Are they always violent.. well there are anarchists, far right wingers and criminal elements who just love to infiltrate such protests to stir up trouble.

    As for Europeans protesting the cuts.. yes, and especially in the UK where the cuts are highly disproportionally hitting the worst off and benefiting the wealthy.

    As for Europeans being "dependent" on government programs.. what do you base your assertion on? Most people are not on any sort of "government program" and unlike the US, we in Europe care about our fellow citizens when they are in need.
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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    99.8% of the protesters were peaceful.

    As for "normal sytle".. do you mean we actually protest against things we are against? Yes we do.. I know it is alien to you yanks, but we Europeans do so. Are they always violent.. well there are anarchists, far right wingers and criminal elements who just love to infiltrate such protests to stir up trouble.

    As for Europeans protesting the cuts.. yes, and especially in the UK where the cuts are highly disproportionally hitting the worst off and benefiting the wealthy.

    As for Europeans being "dependent" on government programs.. what do you base your assertion on? Most people are not on any sort of "government program" and unlike the US, we in Europe care about our fellow citizens when they are in need.
    There is different of not caring and not be able to afford something Pete.

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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    There is different of not caring and not be able to afford something Pete.
    No, you find out away to afford it if you care.

    The UKs problem (and many others) is that of waste and corruption.
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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Protests Turn Violent in London Over Budget Cuts - FoxNews.com
    Demonstrators swarm central London to protest spending cuts - CNN.com
    London protesters clash with police - World news - Europe - msnbc.com

    Protest in the U.K. turn violent during protest over the government trying to cut 100,000,000,000 dollars from the budget. Is this normal style European protest or this an example of when people become too dependent on the Government and feel entitled to all government programs?
    I don't believe the handful of individuals who acted violently represent the British people in general any more than the rogue elements who went on a violent rampage in Seattle in 1999 during a WTO trade ministerial conference represented the American public. I fully expect that the British people will overwhelmingly remain peaceful, even those who oppose the budget cuts. I also expect that the UK government will press ahead with fiscal consolidation and, in the medium-term, the UK will be better for that decisive leadership.

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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    I've always admired the European ability to violently riot over the slightest thing, rock on Europe, rock on.

    But in seriousness, watching the footage on the news, you obviously aren't planning to protest peacefully if you show up in balaclavas and hoodies, waving anarchist flags, and this was just a small lot of bastards being bastards.
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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    I was just glancing at the telly and assumed it was a demonstration in some ME capital until the crawl said London. A jolly good time indeed.

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    Re: Violent protests in the U.K. over budget cuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    No, you find out away to afford it if you care.

    The UKs problem (and many others) is that of waste and corruption.
    and the U.S. budget isn't.

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