Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

July 5, 2006

Peace Activist Hypocrisy

Filed under: — Different River @ 8:42 pm

Christiaan Briggs is an antiwar activist and pacifist who opposes all forms of violence.

Except, apparently, beating a younger man into a coma in an attempt to take his girlfriend away:

A New Zealand peace activist is facing serious assault charges after he allegedly punched a rock singer in London, leaving the man in a coma.

Christiaan Briggs, 30, who spent three weeks in Iraq with the Truth Justice Peace Human Shield Action Group in 2003, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face a charge of grievous bodily harm.

Police say the incident occurred on June 22 when Briggs allegedly punched 19-year-old Billy Leeson, causing the rising rock star to hit his head on the ground.

Leeson, the lead singer with rock band Les Incompetents – who have supported Pete Doherty’s group Babyshambles – was “still very ill”, said Scotland Yard spokesman James Nadin.

His condition was described as “critical but stable”.

Mr Nadin said an argument broke out between the pair after Briggs allegedly “made advances” towards Leeson’s girlfriend.

This is the sort of person who claims that to believe in peace and nonviolence — and that George W. Bush is more of a threat to peace than Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

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