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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Viva la revolution

Socialists are mad at the US and Bush in Argentina, and they wanted to show how unsupportive they are to US' proposed Free Trade agreement by rioting and destroying their fellow citizen's property. As the summit's began Friday, rioters smashed the glass storefronts of at least 30 businesses, set fire to a bank and battled police with slingshots and rocks. Police fought back with tear gas and made 64 arrests. No major injuries were reported. The United States is hoping to use the America's Summit, which ends Saturday, to build support for reviving the Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA, which would eliminate trade barriers from Canada to Chile. It has stalled amid opposition from Venezuela, Brazil and others. The violent demonstrators failed to break through the first of several police blockades protecting Bush and the other world leaders, and the summit's inauguration ceremony took place without a hitch on Friday. Many of the demonstrators believe meetings such as the Americas Summit that promote trade liberalization aim to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. "What I'm most upset about is that I'll bet you Bush wasn't even told about" the riot, said Mar Del Plata Mayor Daniel Katz, whose seaside city has many residents strongly opposed to Bush and his foreign policies. Awwww....


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