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Greenpeace in the wrong place in London

by Paul C / February 18, 2005 8:57 AM PST

They don't need no (Royal) Marines: Greenpeace run out of International Petroleum Exchange after protest that Kyoto is too "modest":

WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail.

What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.

?We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,? one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. ?I?ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.?

Another said: ?I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.? Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: ?Sod off, Swampy.?

I hope that the authorities will let this go. Simply put, if you go into someone's workplace with the determination to make some asinine point, then you should expect that the workforce might just take pointed exception to that!

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(NT) (NT) Power to "pointed exception "
by caktus / February 18, 2005 9:50 AM PST
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by dirtyrich / February 18, 2005 11:19 AM PST
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Strange as it may seem, I agree with you Paul.
by Ziks511 / February 18, 2005 4:48 PM PST

And I've seen traders at play in the City and I wouldn't want to tangle with one. They are, as one of the protesters stated, mostly East London or Essex boys on the rise and as tough as nails.

Rob Boyter

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