ARGUS COMMENT: Protesters are welcome, but treat our city with respect

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TO ALL intents and purposes, the Newport Nato Summit starts today.

World leaders may not start their two-day meeting at the Celtic Manor Resort until Thursday, but with protesters arriving in the city yesterday, an increased police presence on the street, and military aircraft in the skies the event is well and truly with us.

Today there will be a protest march through Newport. Estimates vary as to how many people will take part but it is likely to be in the thousands.

There will be disruption for motorists and some residents and businesses, but we live in a democratic country and everyone has the right to protest lawfully and peacefully.

There is no reason why Newport should not welcome the protesters. After all, its Chartist history makes our city one of the birth places of modern democracy.

Some Newportonians will share the protesters' views. Others will not.

Either way, they have the right to go about their daily lives with minimum disruption from protesters and police.

Newport is a fair and tolerant city. All we ask is those visiting to make their voices heard behave in the same way.

Our message to everyone at the Tredegar Park peace camp and on today's march is simple. Please make your protests peaceful and respect our city and its people.

If anyone has come to cause trouble or to be violent then we have a simple message for them as well. You are not welcome here.

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8:00am Sat 30 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Newport is a fair and tolerant city."

I totally agree with Kevin's message here, although tbh I have heard from others that when it comes to being LGBTQ places like Brighton and Manchester are a lot more tolerant than Newport.
"Newport is a fair and tolerant city." I totally agree with Kevin's message here, although tbh I have heard from others that when it comes to being LGBTQ places like Brighton and Manchester are a lot more tolerant than Newport. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -9

8:04am Sat 30 Aug 14

bignath says...

Well said mr ward!
Well said mr ward! bignath
  • Score: 7

8:11am Sat 30 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"There is no reason why Newport should not welcome the protesters. After all, its Chartist history makes our city one of the birth places of modern democracy. "

I think the key difference is that the Chartists didn't go goosestepping around screaming "Sieg Heil!" and smashing up Jewish stores - as some of the groups participating in today's 'protest' march have been doing.
"There is no reason why Newport should not welcome the protesters. After all, its Chartist history makes our city one of the birth places of modern democracy. " I think the key difference is that the Chartists didn't go goosestepping around screaming "Sieg Heil!" and smashing up Jewish stores - as some of the groups participating in today's 'protest' march have been doing. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 16

8:36am Sat 30 Aug 14

ActualJez says...

It would be even better if people respected the place all the time instead of turning it into the wasteland it has become.
It would be even better if people respected the place all the time instead of turning it into the wasteland it has become. ActualJez
  • Score: 50

9:46am Sat 30 Aug 14

bobmech1 says...

It's a sad fact that there is an element in this protest that has only come to cause trouble. It is a sad but true fact, however the rest, the peaceful protestors are welcome
The others no
It's a sad fact that there is an element in this protest that has only come to cause trouble. It is a sad but true fact, however the rest, the peaceful protestors are welcome The others no bobmech1
  • Score: 18

10:41am Sat 30 Aug 14

cjwales1 says...

Kevin very well put !!!!
Its just a shame that the protesters are protesting about the people that gave them the right to protest !
I have no issues with them protesting as that is their right, its only when it inevitability goes pear shaped and as you say disrespect the residents of Newport it becomes abhorrent !!!!
Peaceful yes disruptive NO !!!!
Kevin very well put !!!! Its just a shame that the protesters are protesting about the people that gave them the right to protest ! I have no issues with them protesting as that is their right, its only when it inevitability goes pear shaped and as you say disrespect the residents of Newport it becomes abhorrent !!!! Peaceful yes disruptive NO !!!! cjwales1
  • Score: 6

11:23am Sat 30 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat
ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV.
At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV. Mervyn James
  • Score: -10

11:50am Sat 30 Aug 14

Mr Angry says...

Wouldn't it save time and trouble if the Police just went to the peace camp and beat the protesters up now , as opposed to on Chepstow road later ?
Wouldn't it save time and trouble if the Police just went to the peace camp and beat the protesters up now , as opposed to on Chepstow road later ? Mr Angry
  • Score: -22

11:58am Sat 30 Aug 14

The Destroyer says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Wouldn't it save time and trouble if the Police just went to the peace camp and beat the protesters up now , as opposed to on Chepstow road later ?
Not really, do you really think the trouble makers are as stupid as to camp with the peaceful protesters.
It seems to be that in some peoples eyes the police are the enemy - i for one do not envy then one bit. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it save time and trouble if the Police just went to the peace camp and beat the protesters up now , as opposed to on Chepstow road later ?[/p][/quote]Not really, do you really think the trouble makers are as stupid as to camp with the peaceful protesters. It seems to be that in some peoples eyes the police are the enemy - i for one do not envy then one bit. Damned if they do and damned if they don't. The Destroyer
  • Score: 14

2:02pm Sat 30 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

i have no problem with peaceful protesters being here, i am just not happy of all the disruption it is causing and all the road closures, even the road i live on is being closed.

but so long as their march is fast and peaceful it will be over in no time and things can get back to normal.

but honestly i have no idea why they are protesting before the world leaders are even here, all its doing is costing tax payers thousands of pounds.
i have no problem with peaceful protesters being here, i am just not happy of all the disruption it is causing and all the road closures, even the road i live on is being closed. but so long as their march is fast and peaceful it will be over in no time and things can get back to normal. but honestly i have no idea why they are protesting before the world leaders are even here, all its doing is costing tax payers thousands of pounds. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 7

3:07pm Sat 30 Aug 14

jaggededge says...

Loads of military hardware been flying over lately Friday will be good as well
Loads of military hardware been flying over lately Friday will be good as well jaggededge
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Sat 30 Aug 14

EyeOnWales says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
i have no problem with peaceful protesters being here, i am just not happy of all the disruption it is causing and all the road closures, even the road i live on is being closed.

but so long as their march is fast and peaceful it will be over in no time and things can get back to normal.

but honestly i have no idea why they are protesting before the world leaders are even here, all its doing is costing tax payers thousands of pounds.
While I honestly dont know why all these roads have been closed, local facilities shut down and horrid fencing put up, days before the leaders get here, costing the tax payer hundreds of thousands of pounds...
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: i have no problem with peaceful protesters being here, i am just not happy of all the disruption it is causing and all the road closures, even the road i live on is being closed. but so long as their march is fast and peaceful it will be over in no time and things can get back to normal. but honestly i have no idea why they are protesting before the world leaders are even here, all its doing is costing tax payers thousands of pounds.[/p][/quote]While I honestly dont know why all these roads have been closed, local facilities shut down and horrid fencing put up, days before the leaders get here, costing the tax payer hundreds of thousands of pounds... EyeOnWales
  • Score: -4

5:09pm Sat 30 Aug 14

welshannie says...

well todays march went well no bother well organised minimum of disruption lets hope thursdays protest march is the same
well todays march went well no bother well organised minimum of disruption lets hope thursdays protest march is the same welshannie
  • Score: 8

5:59pm Sat 30 Aug 14

GogExile says...

Mervyn James wrote:
At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat

ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV.
How dare a working man or woman choose to unwind with a few pints and a game of football? Were thery drink filled soccer fans trashing Chicago and Strasbourg? Were they drunken hooligans throwing Kosher food around supermarkets in London and Birmingham recently? In fact, at every single violent protest in the past decade was the a soccer shirt to be seen? Unless Che Guvara played up front for Cuba, I haven't seen one.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV.[/p][/quote]How dare a working man or woman choose to unwind with a few pints and a game of football? Were thery drink filled soccer fans trashing Chicago and Strasbourg? Were they drunken hooligans throwing Kosher food around supermarkets in London and Birmingham recently? In fact, at every single violent protest in the past decade was the a soccer shirt to be seen? Unless Che Guvara played up front for Cuba, I haven't seen one. GogExile
  • Score: 4

7:39am Sun 31 Aug 14

EyeOnWales says...

GogExile wrote:
Mervyn James wrote:
At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat


ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV.
How dare a working man or woman choose to unwind with a few pints and a game of football? Were thery drink filled soccer fans trashing Chicago and Strasbourg? Were they drunken hooligans throwing Kosher food around supermarkets in London and Birmingham recently? In fact, at every single violent protest in the past decade was the a soccer shirt to be seen? Unless Che Guvara played up front for Cuba, I haven't seen one.
Che played rugby, so it would have been unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: At every protest, there are people who feel more strongly than others. There are too those there to make trouble (Special branch for one !), who try to discredit peaceful protest to prevent them happening, and indeed pretend to be protesters as well.. The majority are peaceful and well-meaning/dedicat ed people wanting to highlight what they feel are great injustices, as one commentator already put we fight FOR that right,let's not undermine it. It is more likely idiots FROM Newport, will be the ones to make problems. especially the drink-filled clowns in pubs staring a football on a TV.[/p][/quote]How dare a working man or woman choose to unwind with a few pints and a game of football? Were thery drink filled soccer fans trashing Chicago and Strasbourg? Were they drunken hooligans throwing Kosher food around supermarkets in London and Birmingham recently? In fact, at every single violent protest in the past decade was the a soccer shirt to be seen? Unless Che Guvara played up front for Cuba, I haven't seen one.[/p][/quote]Che played rugby, so it would have been unlikely. EyeOnWales
  • Score: 4

10:40am Sun 31 Aug 14

Stan Edwards says...

So, here we go - two weeks of lock down. I live just one mile from the Celtic Manor and from my house can see Obama's route to the 2010 golf course. Of course it is serious stuff and I wish the leaders well in their contemplation of world issues. It is amazing that we will have a US aircraft carrier and warships moored in the Bristol Channel and an destroyer in Cardiff Docks where the Defence Ministers will dine. All the disruption wil be worth it if they can cut through the endless dinners and functions and get down to serious business. We are able to see Newport and Cardiff with their finest display of Trumpton politics. Most of all I want to see the beard and sandals brigade protesters and the international infiltraters thwarted in all their efforts and hope that this 'ring of steel' is worth the money. I wish the security forces well in what could be a really dodgy event. I will be glad when they've all gone home and we can get back to normality!!!
One thing NATO has got right - they brought all their own hospital facilities. They must have heard about the queues in A&E at the Gwent!
So, here we go - two weeks of lock down. I live just one mile from the Celtic Manor and from my house can see Obama's route to the 2010 golf course. Of course it is serious stuff and I wish the leaders well in their contemplation of world issues. It is amazing that we will have a US aircraft carrier and warships moored in the Bristol Channel and an destroyer in Cardiff Docks where the Defence Ministers will dine. All the disruption wil be worth it if they can cut through the endless dinners and functions and get down to serious business. We are able to see Newport and Cardiff with their finest display of Trumpton politics. Most of all I want to see the beard and sandals brigade protesters and the international infiltraters thwarted in all their efforts and hope that this 'ring of steel' is worth the money. I wish the security forces well in what could be a really dodgy event. I will be glad when they've all gone home and we can get back to normality!!! One thing NATO has got right - they brought all their own hospital facilities. They must have heard about the queues in A&E at the Gwent! Stan Edwards
  • Score: -4

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