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Posted by: Joel Jacobson ( The Fast Food Syndicate, United Surplus Appropriators ) on December 01, 1999 at 15:31:43:

In Reply to: The Anti WTO protests posted by Göran Frilund on December 01, 1999 at 10:36:28:

I live in Seattle proper and most of what went on had not much at all to do with the WTO. The Labor protestors marched peacefully from about 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. and then quietly dispersed. "The Punks" started really showing force at about 12 noon, probably just waking up after a late night of doping themselves out, and began throwing shit around. Interviewers went around asking them about their views and it became quite clear that most out "protesting" were just there to have fun and excitement or didn't have a clue what they were protesting. Most of what happened was pointless rubbish. One man was caught by interviewers making off with a portion of the NIKETOWN sign hanging over Nike's flagship Seattle store. And he admitted that he neither knew nor cared about what the WTO was doing but that he was out there "because it's coo' man".

I do feel sorry for the labor protestors, although I feel they were misguided, who ended up getting tarred with the misdeeds of all the lefty nutcases who simply have no clue. Again, by and large this was no vast outpouring of knowledgeable anti-WTO outrage, but simply anarcisistic exhibition by the more infantile section of the population.

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