07 April 2008

rollerblades are clearly the answer...

Ok, so I just read this article about the problems they're having with the Olympic torch relay, which is currently passing through London and Paris. Apparently the theme of the relay is "Journey of Harmony", which doesn't really seem to be the case, what with the protesters trying to snatch it away and douse it with fire extinguishers and what not. To wit:
Only weather has previously succeeded in snuffing out the Olympic flame, just twice in its history. Today French officials managed it three times. continued...
My favorite part of the whole escapade is the security plan devised by the Paris police:
The plan was for the torchbearers to be encircled by several hundred officers, some in riot police vehicles and on motorcycles, others on rollerblades and on foot. Closest to the torchbearer would be the Chinese torch escorts, with Paris police on rollerblades moving around them. French firefighters in jogging shoes would encircle the rollerbladers, while motorcycle police would form the outer layer of security.
I love the sound of this plan, and I think police on rollerblades is an idea that should be deployed much more often...

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2 comments:

downtown guy said...

Why does that make me picture Lt. Dangle?

Zil said...

It really does have a Reno 911/Keystone Cops vibe about it