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.�
Thursday, February 17, 2005