Monday, June 18, 2012
Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young
I like the words on this mural at the East side gallery in Berlin. "If they don't let us dream, then we don't let them sleep."
Because the day we stop dreaming about a better world, is the day that we start dying eh?
And those who would betray the future don't deserve to sleep easy.
Because it is being betrayed. In Greece, where austerity is killing a country, and the young are the big losers.
Youth unemployment is at 50 per cent in Greece and few have any prospects of finding jobs as the Greek economy continues to sink. “I fear that unless Syriza is in government, the young people will take to the streets in protest because they would have nothing to lose,” said a diplomat who did not want to be identified.
In Egypt, where the dreams of the young lions who led the fight against the Mubarak regime have been hijacked by the military.
In Canada, where the young face a future of unemployment, low wages, and no pensions, as Stephen Harper tries to turn Canada into a jungle, and the planet into a desert.
And in Quebec, where Jean Charest is trying to win an election by portraying a peaceful student movement as dangerous and violent.
“What I have seen in the last six months as Premier of Quebec is something I’m worried about,” Mr. Charest said in lengthy remarks to reporters on Thursday. “There’s new tolerance for violence, intimidation, civil disobedience. Some people justify this because for them anything is justified for the cause. Well, that is not what our society is about.”
When in fact he's the one who is dangerous, for trying to scavenge political capital out of a social crisis he helped create.
And his police are the violent ones...
It's depressing eh?
Until you remember that from Harperland to Quebec, from Greece to Egypt, it's all the same struggle. The old order is being challenged and it's fighting back.
But then so are we. If they don't let us dream of a better world, then we will not let them sleep.
Support the Quebec students. Remember the suffering people of Greece, and the young lions of Egypt.
How hard the struggle.
How great the betrayal....
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