Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Brussels Sept 11 Protest

(Photos are below).


Good Summary of links here.

UPDATE 2:Seems that over 150 people were arrested. Honestly, it didn't seem like that many to me, but I think some of the arrests took place outside the square or perhaps before I got there.

Ah, as I thought there was action going on somewhere else - Shuman Square, where more arrests took place.

The main demo at Place de Luxembourg was largely peaceful. But a support demonstration at Schuman was the one with heavy arrests etc.

I found a very "Soviet" quote from an EU official:

"It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion," secretary general Terry Davis said.

So someone wouldn't be able to think because of the protest? It would bother their conscience? What is he talking about?

There is also great comment here from an Italian official on the arrest of one of their MEPs:

It doesn't seem normal to me that on the 11th of September, in a European capital, a demonstration involving European parliamentarians, against fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, can be banned."

No, it does not seem normal, does it.

UPDATE: Seems like some of the "locals" I discuss below were members of the European Parliament! There is a more informative blurb and some video here.


I knew about the banned anti-Islam protest at Luxembourg Place (Brussels) so I stopped by. I did not join the protest as it was illegal to do so and you were arrested right away for participating. However, I was able to take pictures.

The police presence was incredible. I can't emphasize this enough. I started seeing police presence as soon as I left the hotel and it kept increasing as I got closer to the site of the protest.

The police were at various street corners and in front of the train station. The presence was heaviest in Luxembourg Place itself as well as the surrounding streets. They numbered at least 250 officers, 25 trucks and many motorcycles. I had initially thought of joining the protest, but realized it would be futile.

The police were in greatest force around Luxembourg Place. If anyone started chanting or held up a sign they were arrested IMMEDIATELY and with OVERWHELMING force. At first, the hard core protesters were arrested. These were the people dressed in dark colors, English speaking, and typically had shaved heads. In general they were under 30 years old.

After the initial round of arrests, some older, more conventionally dressed French speaking people (locals?) starting chanting things I could not understand (except for Democracy!). They too were arrested. One couple wore "sandwich board" signs which I was not able to read.

Additionally, there was one person who went directly into the square and held up a cross. The press surrounded him, took pictures and interviewed him. The police did nothing for a half an hour or more. It was a powerful gesture and something that should be duplicated in the future.

I would say one or two dozen people were arrested. There were many bystanders, some of which looked sympathetic to the cause but unwilling to get arrested (like myself). Other bystanders were just observing and others were hostile.

There was a HUGE press presence - at least 100 media people including reporters and photographers. If getting press coverage was the goal of this event then it was a success.

The media was desperately looking for a story and crowding around every arrest. They were also doing many interviews with the crowd.

My impression was that the press was generally looking to find a "neo-Nazi" story line, but they were also a willing to hear why people were concerned about Islam.

The organizers could have been more sophisticated, or at least better prepared to make their message heard. Yes, they got the press to come to the event, but they did not use the opportunity as effectively as possible.

In my opinion, the protesters needed to have signs with short, clear messages that could by photographed quickly by the press and put out for all to see. Whatever the bias of the press, they are desperate for a story - any story - and they would have taken photos of signs or any other images that would create interest.

The protesters should have a) shown sign, b) had picture taken and c) get arrested. Of course, that is easier said than done.

Here are the photos (click on photo to enlarge):

Riot truck with fire hoses prepped for action.

Early view of the Plaza.

Arrest of a protester who tried to escape.

These are the "locals" arrested and put up against the wall.

Just a portion of the police force at Luxembourg Place.

And here is a portion of the riot vehicles present.

Protester with cross who was not arrested right away (click to enlarge).

Arrest of female protester.

Protester with flag.

Police were armed.

Military Zone.

The press was crazy.

Young kids before arrest.

Finally, something more pleasant.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Grahm Challenger

Bauer possibly a challenger for Inglis, Graham?
By Jason Spencer
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | Updated: 6:30 am
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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer arrived in Spartanburg last week for a Republican rally saying, "I'm not running for anything."

He wasn't so sure when he left.

Bauer said Tuesday that the sheer number of people who came up to him when he was here and asked him to run for Congress has caused him to consider challenging either U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham or U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis. Both are Republicans.

"I'm still happy doing what I'm doing," Bauer said. "For a while now, I've had people approach me, and I've kind of brushed it off. But any time you have that many activists in the party approach you, you would have to at least think about it."

The crowd - which had a large contingent of people set on publicly reprimanding Graham for several actions, particularly his support of immigration reform in Congress - was split as to who Bauer should run against. Many hugged him or shook his hand, greeting him by first name.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen Republican Senators (RINOs)

Twelve out of forty-six Republican senators sold out the American worker and voted for amnesty. While the number of illegal aliens within our borders is not precisely known, most estimates range from 12 to 20 million.

Unfortunately these are only ‘guesstimates’ no one actually knows how many there are. Some claim it could be 30 million or higher. If each amnestied illegal only brings in three dependents, our population could increase anywhere from 48 to 120 million and start our transition toward a Third World (our current population is something over 300 million.

Knowing the number of illegals receiving amnesty was unknown and with full knowledge of the trillion dollar cost and the devastating environmental impact these senators voted for amnesty---they need to be run out of town on a rail. The only thing Republican about these RINOs are their socks. Keep this list of the dirty dozen handy so they can get the shaft from voters at their next election. The dirty dozen Republican senators and their re- election dates are:

Re-election 2008

1. Larry Craig, Idaho

2. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

3. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska

Re-election 2010

4. Robert Bennett, Utah

5. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire

6. Mel Martinez, Florida

7. John McCain, Arizona

8. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania

Re-election 2012

9. Jon Kyl, Arizona

10. Trent Lott, Mississippi

11. Richard Lugar, Indiana

12. Olympia Snowe, Maine

Please circulate across the USA.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hegel Draws a Challenger

Even though he is pro war, I like Bruning over the Amnesty loving Hegel.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning formally announced today his candidacy for the United States Senate. The seat is held by incumbent Sen. Chuck Hagel, with the primary election scheduled for May 13, 2008.
“I am a candidate without reservation,” Bruning said. “I’m running hard and I’m running to win.”

Bruning was joined at the news conference by family, friends, and supporters. He was introduced to the crowd by Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn. “I am proud to stand here today with my friend, colleague, and fellow Republican, Osborn said. “Nebraskans know Jon Bruning as a man of his word, a man of action, and a man of accomplishment.”

Bruning expressed disappointment in Hagel’s lack of leadership on the issues facing the country, from Hagel’s vote for an early withdraw from Iraq to Hagel’s support for the current immigration bill offering amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Immigrant Police more Corrupt

I guess this is why we are more unhappy.

A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds.

The document, which has been seen by the Guardian, has caused outrage among ethnic minorities within the force, who have labelled it racist and proof that there is a gulf in understanding between the police force and the wider Muslim community. The document was written as an attempt to investigate why complaints of misconduct and corruption against Asian officers are 10 times higher than against their white colleagues.


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Diversity makes us unhappy

Don't we have a right to be happy?

Research by the Home Office suggests that the more ethnically diverse an area is, the less people are likely to trust each other.

The Commission for Racial Equality has also done work looking at the effect of diversity on well-being.

Interviewed on The Happiness Formula, the chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Trevor Phillips accepts that people are happier if they are with people like themselves.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

GOP Senators Who Votes for Amnesty

Four GOP Senators up for relection voted for amnesty:

Chafee - RI
DeWine - OH
Lugar - IN
Snowe - ME

Chafee is the archtypical RINO, and Snowe is a liberal Republican. Lugar is a household name and be Senator for life.

DeWine is the interesting vote. I don't think the people of Ohio favor open borders and I belive he is a constested race. For example, Santorum and Talent voted agains amnesty and the politics of immigration are that not very differnt in Missouri and Pennsylvania than they are in Ohio.

It will be interesting to see if this vote matters in any of these three races.