Thursday, October 5, 2006

Listen to the Voices

The students of Columbia University show us a brand new way to heckle!

On October 4, 2006 the founder of the Minuteman Project was assaulted moments after he began speaking. Students stormed the stage, brandishing a banner, as a further wave of student protesters rushed the speaker in a pre-meditated and coordinated attack. Within moments, the entire room erupted with the speaker's entourage rushing to protect him while Columbia Public Safety stood idly by. After fifteen chaotic minutes, the limited security presence finally gained control and terminated the event.
Recall that Columbia was set to host Ahmadinejad a couple of weeks ago.HTBC.


Sky Captain said...

Shoot the bastards.

Anonymous said...

Columbia should institute an easy to understand identifyer for it's student body. Brown Shirts seems appropriate.........

Anonymous said...

That's disgusting! The Minuteman project? I'd have been honored to have someone like that as a speaker.

command economy said...

Newsday puts it... interestingly:

"A videotape of the fracas shows students shouting and tussling with Minuteman supporters, but there didn't appear to be any violence."

command economy said...

The Times:

The Spectator said the protests were organized by the International Socialist Organization, the Chicano Caucus and other groups.

“We don’t condone the actions of members on either side,” Adhemir Romero, president of the Chicano Caucus, told The Spectator. “Either people on stage who were holding up signs, or people who felt that their speaker was being threatened by people holding signs.”

But others said they were moved to jump on stage because they disagreed so vehemently with Mr. Gilchrist.

“We were aware that there was going to be a sign and we were going to occupy the stage,” The Spectator quoted one protester who was on the stage as saying. “I don’t feel like we need to apologize or anything. It was fundamentally a part of free speech. ... The Minutemen are not a legitimate part of the debate on immigration.”

As a Belmont commenter reminds us these are not necessarily brownshirts:

Back in the 1920's, in Germany, the Communists were trying to gain power. One tactic was to crash speeches of speakers they didn't like, and disrupt the meeting or speech.

Finally somebody came along who organized having his own guys standing by to bust the heads of any disrupters so he could have his say. The middle class had gotten so tired of Leftist thugs that they admired finally having somebody who would stand up to the Leftists. They voted him into office.

Anonymous said...

It is not too often I disagree with the "Fog" or the Belmont Club, but the people the middle class had standing against "leftist thugs" were also leftists: the National Socialist German Worker's party.

The former German middle class had much to regret 12 years later.

Sky Captain said...

The former German middle class had much to regret almost immediately.

Deep Trout said...

London Fog bootlickers of the world unite!

Lisa Turner said...

Deep throat:

Go stuff yourself with Jack Layton.