I have little use for these criminals, neither does Rex or most law abiding Canadians. Their violent actions utterly discredit them.
But a subset of these angry anti-globalist nomads — recall Quebec city in 2001; recall, more recently the Vancouver games — always ups the ante with a little direct action: a chair through a window here, pelting the police there, scampering around in their black clown masks and moaning with farcical hyprocrisy about police brutality whenever they’re called on their despicable actions.
A portion of the anti-globalist crowd tries to put such assaults on civic order under the rubric of “diversity of tactics” — another evasive, sly euphemism for simple thuggishness. Don’t try to tell us it’s for the Palestinians or the rainforests or the oppressed of the world.
Here’s a newsflash: There are far better men and women working in Starbucks, and in the Royal Bank, than any of the crowd that kick in their windows. And far braver too. For many people, it takes more guts to go to work every day — to do the daily round of often dull and wearying work to better oneself, or to care for a family — than these heroic Glebe guerillas could even aspire to.