|baleen - 2016-01-05 |
Colombian farmers are striking because of what they've always been striking about. A neoliberalized nation that controls all aspects of input and output with a small strata of white Spanish-Colombians controlling a monopoly on the food markets. This particular strike started in 2012 and continues to this day, and is a part of the diverse grassroots leftism of Latin America that has seen so many old orders toppled.
Among the great things that the Bogota police have done is follow farmers home, trash their property, and tear gas their families (inside their own homes). It led to the government caving in and granting farmers subsidies to offset the widespread bankruptcy caused by cheap imports. In Colombia, it is cheaper to buy coffee imported than it is to buy Colombian coffee sold domestically. Amongst their other concerns were the widespread destruction of traditional farming lands by international mining syndicates and the continued militarize pressure on indigenous groups to vacate their land.
So, no, Colombian police are not more sensible than ours.
Blanket statements are rarely as universal as they sound.
The Colombian police in the other video are clearly more sensible in dealing with a single drunk dude with a machete than the American police were when dealing with black people in the widely-reported murders from 2015.
Except you will find American police dealing with drunk people on a daily basis in very much the same way as those Colombians did, and many cases of Colombian police murdering people for far less.
I guess what I'm saying is I would have chosen footage from the Zurich police department or perhaps footage of police talking down a drunk fisherman from Trondheim, Norway, in order to make the case that American police sometimes shoot innocent people out of sheer incompetence, racism, or corruption.
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