Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Spaghetti Incident

Months after Danes were turned off by the ferocity of protests against cartoons of Muhammad that were printed in Jyllands-Posten, young activists have provided an example of a proper Danish protest.

Seven people were arrested after "pouring some 440 pounds of cooked spaghetti and sprinkling tomato sauce on the stairs leading up to the Finance Ministry in the Danish capital." At issue is a proposed cut in state educational funding designed to get university students to stop noodling around and finish their degrees more quickly.

The pasta protest was meant as a "youth buffet" to illustrate that the funding cuts would force students to live below the subsistence level. No word on whether outrage has reached the al dente level, yet, but things are certainly set to boil over.

Flashback: Danish protesters affix a dildo to Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue to commemorate International Women's Day this past March.
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