Mobile World Congress 2012 protest (from MWC 2012)

Mobile World Congress 2012 protest (from MWC 2012)I mentioned in my How to Survive Mobile World Congress guide that the conference often draws protestors, since it’s such a high-profile event and we’re all capitalist scum.

Still, despite being an experienced attendee, I was quite taken aback at the sight that greeted us when we finally left the conference last night.

Armed police had surrounded the exit, and – just a few yards away – hundreds of protestors booed and jeered as we emerged. Many of them wore scarves over their faces, and some had V for Vendetta-style masks. It was more than a little intimidating, but hey - I guess that was the point.

Dozens of police vehicles had blocked off the surrounding roads, and the protestors temporarily blocked the entrance to the Metro. One ballsy Swedish attendee tried to make his way through, but retreated when he was met by half a dozen hooded thugs.

So what was it all about? Well, depending who you ask, it was either an anti-capitalism demonstration or a protest against the recent increase in Metro fares.

To her credit, Wendy got in the thick of the action (don’t worry, she covered the London riots) and managed to put together a lovely little video. Check it out on YouTube.

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CTPAHHIK  Feb. 28, 2012 at 11:44

Some people have too much free time on their hands and no clue what to do with it.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 14:12

Yeah, well... CTPAHHIK - that is what happens when you play host to the world's expensive toymakers in one of the most recessionised countries in Europe. Inevitable.

Ironically, a third of the exhibitors will probably be broke by the end of 2012, and their employees will join the crowd outside ;)

As Bill Hicks said: It's all just a ride ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:50

Wastes of f*cking space. I see enough of this bullsh*t walking through Nottingham, I'd like to see what these "anti-capitalist" protesters would think of being stuck in communist North Korea for a few months, I bet they'd soon change their tune.

They should all be arrested for breach of the peace (or whatever the equivalent Spanish public disorder offence is called).


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