(UR) — “It is difficult to imagine what things will look like a week from now, let alone a month, but I believe we are headed for an implosion. We are afraid of what that will entail, but the time for change is now. (The government) is recycling the same old characters and ideas while the country runs on fumes. All they have left is intimidation.”
If you’re paying attention at all, you’ll recognize that those words could’ve emanated from any corner of these supposedly united states.
They could’ve come from Dallas, where the community — and the nation as a whole — is still reeling from the slaying of five cops.
They could’ve come from Falcon Heights, where a man was shot to death in a car — in front of his daughter — while trying to comply with an officer’s demands.
They could’ve come from Baton Rouge, where the cops have sprung upon a citizenry enraged by the murder — by police — of a man pinned to the ground.
Or maybe California, where the fraud and corruption inherent to the voting process is so blatant, so palpably on display, that even a bought and paid for corporate media can’t decide which candidate actually won.
Maybe Washington, D.C., where the government has just spit in our collective faces with regard to law and accountability. Where it’s just been proven, again, that those in power are playing by a different rulebook. One with blank pages.
Pick your issue. Pick your town. All have reason to protest. All have cause to rage.
But as it happens, those words weren’t spoken by an American. They were spoken by a priest in Zimbabwe.
There, the country has reached a crisis point. The economy has collapsed. The banks are out of money. There are protests in the streets. Accusations of government corruption and abuse are widespread and gaining traction.
The only people getting paid, in fact, are President Robert Mugabe’s security forces. That gamble was recently put to the test, when last week thousands took to the streets in a nationwide “stayaway” protest — during which more than 100 were arrested by officers wielding batons and tear gas — that saw schools and businesses shut down for an entire day.
From the Washington Post:
“It was by far the most meaningful affront to 92-year-old Robert Mugabe’s ruling party in years. The protest was precipitated by an economic implosion that has left banks cashless and government workers unpaid. There’s no fix for those woes in sight.”
When Evan Mawarire, the “articulate, impassioned” pastor who’s emerged as the leader of the anti-government movement — and the man whose words top this very article — threatened more days of civil disobedience if the people’s voice wasn’t listened to, he was arrested and charged with treason.
Immediately after, Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo warned those citizens considering protest that they’d face “the full wrath of the law.”
For those who’d dismiss such events as inconsequential or irrelevant to the United States — the “it could never happen here” crowd — consider what’s about to unfold in cities all across this country.
Over the weekend, a video calling for a national “day of rage” — set for this Friday — began to circulate. Whoever published it claims affiliation with the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The clip cites the recent killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police as being the last straw.
From the video:
“The time has come to draw a line in the sand, and say ‘enough is enough.’ We are infuriated as we watch day after day another human murdered because an irresponsible, corrupt system allows free rein to cops who continuously abuse their power.”
The video is eerily similar to one that made the rounds in August of 2014, which also called for a “day of rage” following the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson. Like the recent post, that clip was purported to originate from Anonymous. The collective, however, never claimed authorship and the proposed protests were largely a bust.
But whether the post is a genuine offering from Anonymous or from some individual or group speaking from its platform is, at this critical juncture, practically moot.
The sentiment is real. The anger exists, and is mounting.
America is on a knife-edge. As a populace, we’ve reached a point of no return. What’s been seen can’t be unseen. What’s been felt — and is being felt — can no longer be ignored. In the face of such manifest fraud, corruption, State violence and abuse of power, something, at long last, simply has to give.
And, as highlighted in the recent video, the point has passed when the ground will be given by the people:
“To police departments across the United States…We are not your enemy. However, it is in your hands if you want us to stay that way or not. We will not be silenced, and we will not be intimidated.”
Or, as Evan Mawarire — addressing the authoritarian government in his country — wrote simply on Facebook:
“The ball is in your court.”
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