A relatively calm summer, but perhaps for Ferguson in the US, for serious civil disruptions. It is likely, however, that the fall is gearing up to be considerably more volatile? There is discontent simmering around the globe, like an Icelandic volcano, the magma has been moving and minor earthquakes have been felt. Clearly, the coercive powers of the police state, in what is becoming a very apparent trend in all of the former “free” Western nations are being reinforced in preparation. Around the world Fascism is the rule not the exception and its natural course, like the magma beneath the glaciers of Iceland, will lead to inevitable eruptions.
America seems to be very well prepared. At least the national government, their ammunition buying agencies and the well armed militarized police forces across the country. The citizenry, well we have the astounding new Apple smart watches to entertain us, another accelerant for American’s devolutionary path towards desentience and complete docile imbecility.
The Spanish government is readying itself for an autumn of discontent, spending nearly €1m on riot gear for police units as disparate protest groups prepare a string of demonstrations.
Since June, the interior ministry has tendered four contracts to purchase riot equipment ranging from shields to stab vests. The ministry also finalised its purchase of a new truck-mounted water cannon, an anti-riot measure used during Spain’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy but little seen in recent years. Despite attempts by opposition Socialist politician Antonio Trevín to paint the purchase as “a return to times that we would rather forget”, the ministry said in its tender that the water cannon was necessary, “given the current social dynamic”.
The government’s spending spree comes as groups across Spain are predicting a season of protests. “We’re calling it the autumn of confronting power and institutions,” said the activist group Coordinadora 25-S which has its roots in the indignados movement.
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