Saturday, January 20, 2007

Violent Protests at Le Pen HQ


Several days ago protests turned violent outside of National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen's headquarters. Luckily, no one was injured. In fact, no one was ever in danger.

If the online virtual world Second Life attempts to emulate reality, it almost worked. Le Pen's camp had opened a virtual headquarters on the virtual Porcupine Street, apparently trying to look a bit more modern. Yet no sooner had they moved in, a group named Second Life Left Unity claimed to have bought the land right next to the offices, and planned to mount protests until Le Pen left. Several nights of protests ensued, which included "multi-colored explosions" and "constant gunfire". This proved too much for Le Pen's internet officials; the headquarters was removed, leaving only a few defaced Le Pen posters.

After the event, users argued over whether or not Le Pen's camp broke the Second Life signup terms in the first place, which bans "race hate". All in all, not a pretty site for Mr. Le Pen.

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