- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 28, 2002

Peaceful protest the airing of grievances, or the expression of a political view, even if it's off-the-beaten path is as American as a Sunday afternoon barbeque. Destroying property, interfering with public order, menacing the citizenry and disrobing in public, on the other hand, have little to do with legitimate protest. Such so-called "direct action" is more about using protest as a pretext for thuggery. The self-described anarchists and anti-capitalist protesters who vented yesterday during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings revealed themselves for the nihilistic thugs they are. And men and women in blue turned out in force to put down their unlawful and juvenile antics.

Their actions, which including setting fire to tires and making false 911 calls to tie up police, were more about destruction and disorder for their own sake rather than a positive alternative to that which they ostensibly find objectionable the free market. Metropolitan Police made approximately 500 arrests by noon yesterday, and other lawbreakers and ne'er do-wells were taken into custody. Some protesters were arrested for attempting to block an intersection near the site of the World Bank-IMF meeting, where a small skirmish took place, during which rocks were thrown at police, as well as smoke bombs.

What all this ruckus has to with expressing sympathy for the plight of the world's poor and the alleged complicitous role of the World Bank and the IMF is hard to discern. It takes coherent thoughts and articulate sentences to express a political view.

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