Today, of all days, this is worth a re-run…
WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail.
What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.
“We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,” one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. “I’ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.”
Another said: “I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.” Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: “Sod off, Swampy.”
Greenpeace had hoped to paralyse oil trading at the exchange in the City near Tower Bridge on the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force. “The Kyoto Protocol has modest aims to improve the climate and we need huge aims,” a spokesman said.
Protesters conceded that mounting the operation after lunch may not have been the best plan. “The violence was instant,” Jon Beresford, 39, an electrical engineer from Nottingham, said.
“They grabbed us and started kicking and punching. Then when we were on the floor they tried to push huge filing cabinets on top of us to crush us.” When a trader left the building shortly before 2pm, using a security swipe card, a protester dropped some coins on the floor and, as he bent down to pick them up, put his boot in the door to keep it open.
Two minutes later, three Greenpeace vans pulled up and another 30 protesters leapt out and were let in by the others.
They made their way to the trading floor, blowing whistles and sounding fog horns, encountering little resistance from security guards. Rape alarms were tied to helium balloons to float to the ceiling and create noise out of reach. The IPE conducts “open outcry” trading where deals are shouted across the pit. By making so much noise, the protesters hoped to paralyse trading.
But they were set upon by traders, most of whom were under the age of 25. “They were kicking and punching men and women indiscriminately,” a photographer said. “It was really ugly, but Greenpeace did not fight back.”
Mr Beresford said: “They followed the guys into the lobby and kept kicking and punching them there. They literally kicked them on to the pavement.”
Last night Greenpeace said two protesters were in hospital, one with a suspected broken jaw, the other with concussion.
5 thoughts on “Payback for Filthy Hippy Scum…”
i’m sitting here giggling like a schoolgirl and the wife wants to know why…
I think I actually let out a little bit of wee I laughed so much at this one.
Ahh just deserts for the lentil munching sandle wearing wierd beard tree hugging twats.
“Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: “Sod off, Swampy.” “
As you say, glorious…
Reap as ye sow…
What did they expect. The floor traders are usually rough types who in the old days would have worked at Smithfield and Billingsgate. When LIFFE used to be an open outcry exchange, they advertised for staff saying they didn’t want people who had ever worked in an office. I remember the first big globalization protest the soap-dodgers did in the city, a bunch of traders were knocking a few pints back in Deacons after a hard days work when some of the protesters approached them saying we were all scum of the earth and worse than Hitler blah blah blah, then there was this ringing and a female protester took out her mobile, (I guess it was about 1998 so phones were still expensive then), and said “no mummy, I am going to be late home so don’t make any dinner for me”. This was obviously met by howls of derision by the traders present.
The IPE traders were well justified in reacting badly to these swampies. Its not as though the traders and brokers extract the oil, they just assist in the market process of regulating the price – these twats are interfering with their livelihood. If they had done the same thing in NYMEX or the CBOT they would have probably been shot.