This story is two days’ old, so most of you will have seen it already.
I’m just putting it up because I can’t stop thinking about Tibet – and those Goddamned Olympic Games – and some fucking USOC freak saying, “Put together a ranking of the worst ideas ever conceived and ‘Olympic boycott’ would be at the top of that list.”
Anyway, here’s the story about an Australian village and its original way of fighting the bastards of City Hall:
The words “coastal strip” have taken on a whole new meaning for a group of angry seaside residents from northern New South Wales. Concerned at over-development of their Tweed Coast village, they’ve given their local council a dressing down in a nude protest on video sharing Web site You Tube.
Hastings Point residents ranging from toddlers to retirees stripped off for the protest, sparked by Tweed Shire Council’s approval of seven new projects, including three-storey unit blocks. Keen to preserve their dignity as well as their environment, locals starring in the video strategically placed placards in front of their private parts.
The musical backdrop is Joni Mitchell’s anti-development protest song, Big Yellow Taxi, which has the classic line: ‘Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone/they paved paradise and put up a parkin’ lot’.
Save Hastings Point campaign spokesman John O’Reilly said the naked stunt was done out of desperation after the council refused to listen to residents’ concerns.
“They’re approving developments that don’t comply with the law,” said O’Reilly, a local solicitor. “We’ve been totally ignored by the council and we thought if they won’t listen, maybe the world will. So we decided to get our gear off. We’re pretty passionate about saving our community. The people who want to develop it don’t live here and they don’t care.”
It’s a good story and a worthy campaign – but I’m sure it won’t do them a blind bit of good.
For you should not make any mistake about the nature of the beast: in the West our bureaucrats and politicians may not send out the army & police to kill all protesters on sight, as they do in China, but they still don’t give a flying fuck about the people they’re supposed to serve.
Whether you die, or I die, or a million people in Tibet die, as long as they and the developers can make some shady deals and make even more money, be it locally or by trading with China’s evil regime, they’re fine with that.
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