Monday, December 15, 2008

Pity the Anarchists

It's a Greek tragedy! Honest young anarchists, throwing regulation sized bricks, burning down stores and banks in the proper manner, and what does the Greek government do? They use the wrong tear gas on them. Bastiges!

Thousands of Greek protesters clashed with riot police yet again in Athens today, as police started to run out of tear gas after battling rioters day and night for a whole week.

Police sources said their riot squads had fired 4,600 tear gas canisters this week as rioters torched hundreds of banks and shops and occupied their campuses, where police after forbidden by law from entering.

The police have asked Israel and Germany to send them emergency supplies, while protesters claimed that they had been using old stock from the 1980s in a desperate bid to contain the rioting. They claimed that corroded chemicals were causing some demonstrators to collapse and need medical attention.

“We found tear gas canister dated from 1981,” said one demonstrator, calling himself only GK. “The old chemicals make us sick, people have fainted and have trouble breathing,” he said.

Sounds to me like there is something wrong with the new tear gas; the old stuff is working as advertised. Well,I guess staying home isn't an option; their parents are probably down to old stocks of tear gas as well. Yikes, they may have to resort to acceptable behavior.