Following the sod turning event to launch the start of the HCBP, a staff member and myself were the first to return to our bus. We were greeted by what could be described as a feral mob of protesters, dressed in Halloween costumes chanting “Fuck You Scum! Fuck You Scum!”.
Once we were inside the bus, the enraged protestors rushed the bus, continuing to yell “Fuck You Scum!”, flipping us the bird, pounding and spitting on the windows of the bus and blocking it’s path of exit.
This was a very angry mob!
According to the protesters website, this was intended to be a “peaceful protest” and “street theatre” against the HCBP.
This was not “peaceful”. This was not “street theatre”. This was an attempt at mob rule.
Had it not been for the significant Police and security presence, the situation would have violently escalated.
Why would protesters resort to acts of near violence and physical intimidation towards community leaders supporting a business park?
Because it’s not about the business park dummy.
This is really about anarchism fueled by a cult of personality. ian