There are massive and now violent protests going on in Rome at the moment. A journalist friend there says 6 police officers have been injured. Two massive groups, “gli indignati” including high school aged kids, and the “black bloc”, many wearing helmets, are aligned against each other, perhaps 500k at the piazza in front of St. John Lateran. The “indignants” are/were fairly benign, as I understand it, and were peacefully protesting big business, banks, government, blah blah blah. The “black bloc” are essentially leftist-anarchists out to pick fights and hurt people. Think Genova in 1998. Some cars have been burned. Police have vans with water cannons. Tear gas is being used. A supermarket was sacked. La Repubblica has videos. Apparently, some of the protesters marched up the via Cavour wearing Guy Fawks masks, as in “V”. I’ve been watching some of the live video. Pretty nasty.
This is effectively urban warfare with a group of anarchists who infiltrated another protest. Again we see idiots wearing hoodies.
Remember. This sort of thing is coming to a neighborhood near you.
Things have gotten worse.
Apparently the Basilica was opened up to some of the peaceful protesters who were getting caught in the middle. Meanwhile, a police van burned and the idiots threw cobblestones. Some offices were ransacked. Police have barricades around the area to force the violent idiots into a smaller space. Dumpsters are burning
It seems, however, that some of the idiots got into St. John Lateran. On the V. Labicana protesters destroyed a devotional statue of Mary.
Another protest by unemployed factory workers is set for tomorrow. Oh joy.
Meanwhile, here in London, thousands rallied in the City and Julian Asange whipped them up.
In the meantime, Pope Benedict XVI today spoke to a group called “Fondazione Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice” saying, among other things: “We need a new synthesis of family and of work.” I don’t have time to translate the speech at the moment, but he spoke of the need to build societies bonds in the family and not just depend on the state to do everything.
As I consider the riots in London, and now this violence in Rome, it occurs to me that the more the family and the meaning of true marriage is undermined by agendas contrary to nature, the more God and Holy Church is shoved out of the public square, and religious liberty threatened, the more we will see this sort of urban warfare breaking out. Perhaps it is good that winter is coming in the northern hemisphere.