12 May 2007

The Tallinn riots

More photos here. Drinkable items seemed to be a favorite with the looters. I'm not going to try to guess what the guy with half a mannequin wanted it for.

What may become the iconic comment on the riots is here.

Update (13 May): Note that the last picture in the series on the riots has Russian writing at the bottom which says "Eternal memory to the monument". Such sarcasm highlights the blatant idiocy of the whole eruption. Smashing store windows and stealing trifles -- what on Earth does that have to do with demanding respect for the dead?



Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Holy crap! I had not heard anything at all about this.

The Russian Foreign Ministry says a Russian national was killed during rioting in Tallinn that was sparked by the Estonian government's removal of a Soviet World War II memorial. rferl.org

"Estonian nationalists see the monument as a reminder of their country's illegal occupation by the Soviet Union, but ethnic Russians see it as a memorial to Russians' sacrifice in the battle against Nazism." eux.tv

12 May, 2007 21:41  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Unfortunately we chimp-descended humans are a short-tempered and easily-infuriated bunch.

For background on the Tallinn monument crisis, see here, and also this.

Thanks for stopping by.

13 May, 2007 03:20  

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