Sunday, November 29, 2009

Anti-WTO Proterests In Geneva Go Violent - Avoid The Negative Chracterizations Of "Tea Party" People

Anti-WTO protest in Geneva turns violent

Note the differences in news coverage between these violent anti-WTO or World Bank protests as compared to this past summer's "Tea Party Protests".  The larger threat to many in the news media come from the domestic protests that, despite their peaceful disposition, are a larger threat to the interests of those who tell the news.  The negative portrayal was added to them by the media despite the fact that no cars were burned or windows broken.   The only issue was that "toes were stepped upon".

(CNN) -- Violence erupted in the Swiss city of Geneva Saturday as a scheduled peaceful protest of a World Trade Organization conference turned violent and police had to use tear gas and rubber bullets.
Thirty-three arrests have been made and police were on the streets working to maintain order, authorities said. There was one minor injury reported: An 80-year-old woman in a walker suffered a head bruise when she fell during the tumult of the demonstrations.
The demonstration started around 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET) and about 3,000 people turned up in the central part of town, Geneva police spokesman Patrick Puhl told CNN. World Trade Organization ministers will hold a conference next week.
"There were three groups who came seeking violence," Puhl said.
"The troublemakers quickly began attacking banks, hotels and shops, smashing windows and burning four cars, so we had to stop them using tear gas and rubber bullets," Puhl told CNN.
The general theme for discussion at the conference is "The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment."

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