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Protesters scale BIG BEN

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Jackson, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    Big Ben protest brothers bailed

    Two men who scaled Big Ben in a protest on the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war have been released on bail.

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    Harry Westaway, 28, and his brother Simon, 23, both from Lewes in East Sussex, had been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

    The Greenpeace activists spent seven hours on the London landmark on Saturday and said breaching Parliamentary security had been "easy."

    Their actions have prompted a series of calls for security improvements.


    The brothers cleared a wall and security fence before beginning their climb up the 315-ft tower wearing protective helmets and harnesses at about 0615 GMT.



    It is a huge embarrassment, both to the House authorities and the policing arrangements
    Peter Hain, Leader of the House of Commons


    They stayed on a ledge below the clock face for several hours before coming down just before 1300 GMT when winds become too strong.

    They were arrested when they ended their protest, but were released on bail later and must return to a police station in central London next month.

    The incident has started a wide range of calls for improved security or an inquiry into how the brothers were able to carry out the stunt.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Brian Paddick announced their would be an "automatic" review of security.



    Glen Smythe, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation said Greenpeace should be condemned for the "extremely foolish" act.

    And speaking on BBC1's Breakfast With Frost programme, Leader of the House of Commons Peter Hain demanded an urgent report into the incident.

    Mr Hain said: "It is a huge embarrassment, both to the House authorities and the policing arrangements.

    "Twenty or 30 years ago an audacious protest like that by Greenpeace would have been seen for exactly that.

    "But what if these had been suicide bombers?

    "So I am very disturbed about it and I want an urgent report as Leader of the Commons about how it happened."


    Story from BBC NEWS:
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    flick here [url=http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/2004-03-20T132415Z_01_GRI032366_RTRUKOP_2_PICTURE1.jpg]http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/2004-03-20T..._2_PICTURE1.jpg[/url]

    -Thems some crazy motherfuckers... It was so fucking windy yesterday.
     
  2. LaCosaNostra

    LaCosaNostra Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 3, 2004 Messages: 2,191 Likes Received: 0
    thats so gangsta:lick:
     
  3. LaCosaNostra

    LaCosaNostra Senior Member

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    ....i would have been catching tags the whole way up:D
     
  4. NOTTS1

    NOTTS1 Senior Member

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    sounds like fun boys:D :D
     
  5. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Protesting is sooo last year......
     
  6. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    [color=333333]hell yes!, but why not be cool about it and protest somthing good, like how they are takin oliver wood is being taken outta the new harry potter movie... [/color]
     
  7. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

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    i like how the politician guy compared them to suicide bombers, because that makes any sense at all.
     
  8. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

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    I wonder what the Urban Exploration kids would have to say about this.
     
  9. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

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    they would probably say it was very Dungeons and Dragons of them to scale that clocktower
     
  10. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

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    Hahaha.
    They would be loving it.
     
  11. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

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    i saw this on the news. they looked pretty uncomfortable up there. go back to class, hippies!
     
  12. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 1
    Ha ha...

    "oh wow, if I had my ranger attempt something like that at tralfador's citadel where we fought the purple wizards three headed dragon, i could have enough experience points to enhance his armor class to a -4!"


    I actually picked up an "urban explorer" zine (Infiltration) at Tower records a few years back and they actually wrote about checking out some really cool places such as the catacombs under Degrassi high, an old abandoned missle silo and an abandoned lunatic asylum.

    Cool reading but what a bunch of pussies. In between descriptions of the silo and tunnels, they're always writing about "We took exceptional care to wipe down any surfaces we touched for fear someone might find our fingerprints later!" or when they were under Degrassi high they came up on a mad amount of keys to unlock just about every door in the place but they write in big ass letters "We found a wonderful amount of keys WHICH WE CAREFULLY RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE ONCE WE WERE DONE WITH THEM!"

    I mean, who is going to go and fingerprint the walls of a missile silo? Who would miss the keys they found in a forgotten janitos closet? Is it really neccessary to let everyone know what wusses you are? Seriously, tresspassing is about as serious as jaywalking in most cases.
     
  13. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

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    the nerd alert siren is deafening me
     
  14. Telo

    Telo Elite Member

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    Peep the top.. it says "no war"


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  15. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

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    Pfff amateurs, shoulda checkd third rail before they went out.

    But that is nuts.
     
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