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Charles and Camilla Attacked By Protestors

Americans who think our politics couldn’t get more polarized need only look across the Pond, where our European cousins have been routinely dealing with rioting in the streets over measures to rein in unsustainable social programs.   The Brits are the latest, with student protests over tuition hikes spawning violent protests — and an attack on the royal family. The Daily Mail:

Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson today mounted an extraordinary defence of armed protection officers after the worst Royal security blunder in a generation.

Sir Paul hailed the ‘enormous restraint’ of the team guarding Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, implying the rioters were lucky not to have been shot.

Camilla was left terrified as their Rolls Royce came under fire from a snarling mob of student fees rioters as it made its way to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

The car was kicked, rocked and hit with paint bombs as up to 20 demonstrators attacked it and chanted ‘Off with their heads!’ and ‘Tory scum’, leaving the couple visibly shaken.

The Prince and Duchess were not hurt but the potential risk to their safety raised worrying echoes of the 1974 kidnap attempt on Princess Anne.

I daresay this is not the way to gain sympathy for the student cause.

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  1. The protestors do realize that the monarchy has nothing to do with school fees. That little speech the queen gives the parliament is just that, a little speech.

    Stupid protesters.