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An independent network of over 100 students occupied the headquarters of the University of London at Senate House, demanding that ”the University of London Union (ULU) remain in student hands – democratically run by students – and has its block grant returned, that all outsourced workers at the university are awarded a pension, that the ULU oppose the privatization of student loans, and that the financial statements of the University’s academic departments and non-academic services be published so that they can be scrutinized so that the University’s decisions can be properly held to account by the community.”
As police go on strike in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba, the people have gone on a huge shopping spree, emptying every supermarket in the city. Despite there being massive unemployment and poverty across the city, the media and government have claimed the the shopping spree has nothing to do with being poor, and everything to do with ‘common criminality’.
The widespread emptying of supermarkets in Cordoba comes just twelve months after similar actions spread across the whole of Argentina.
I have no interest in the police strike as such, but the background is that the governor of Cordoba, Jose Manuel De La Sota, had offered the police a 52% pay rise (plus bonuses) which they rejected, despite being the best salary in the country. He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.
The supermarket sweep appears to be a pre-planned event that had been organised following the police announcing their strike. It highlights how unstable the slum towns that surround Cordoba can be. People are living in extreme poverty, and with inflation currently at 20%, people are struggling to buy the most basic of commodities.
It’s been 1 year since the most influential event of all time.
When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy ~
O progresso da ciência, tal como uma antiga trilha no deserto, está juncado pelos descolorados esqueletos de teorias rejeitadas, que um dia pareceram ter vida eterna.
- Arthur Koetler, The Ghost in the Machine