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No, not the French Napoleon. The Orwellian Napoleon, the pig who ultimately came to rule Animal Farm as a tyrant, enforcing his faux proletarian edicts with vicious dogs.

... some of the animals remembered--or thought they remembered--that the Sixth Commandment decreed 'No animal shall kill any other animal.

Tyranny has once again come to South Africa. Enforced by a corrupt African National Party and their police, they were willing to mow down thirty four dirt poor miners to protect the interests of the owners of mines the ANC once vowed to nationalize; vowed to use the mineral wealth which lay below South Africa in those mines for the good of the people.

((Ndlelen)) was still a child 18 years ago, when the white racists lost power and black South Africans liberated themselves from apartheid... The Lonmin mining company pays him the equivalent of $750 a month... "It simply isn't enough," he says. "I have to feed my wife and three children with the money." Ndlelen was among the 3,000 workers who went on strike at the Marikana platinum mine more than two weeks ago...

The workers were demanding that Lonmin double their wages. They danced, sang songs and even waved spears and machetes. On Thursday, August 16, police officers finally lost their patience and fired into the crowd with automatic weapons. When it was over, 34 of Ndlelen's fellow miners lay dead.

... in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.

Like Ndlelen, a large share of the black majority still lives in corrugated metal huts. South Africa's schools are just as miserable as the health care system, and youth unemployment exceeds 50 percent. The gap between rich and poor is now even wider than in the days of white rule...

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

Like Ndlelen, many ordinary workers haven't felt represented by the ANC in a long time. Its top officials live a life of obscene luxury. Embroiled in their intrigues and power struggles, they seem to have forgotten the well-being of ordinary ANC supporters long ago.
Not content with the murder of their citizens, the Government has now decided -- taking cues from a different Orwell novel -- to charge the surviving miners with the murder of those of their comrades who fell.

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength

The New York Times explains:

Two weeks after the police opened fire on a crowd of 3,000 workers engaged in a wildcat strike at a platinum mine near Johannesburg, killing 34 people in the bloodiest labor unrest since the end of apartheid, prosecutors are bringing murder charges against a surprising set of suspects: the miners themselves.

Using an obscure legal doctrine frequently relied upon by the apartheid government in its dying days, prosecutors did not accuse the police officers who shot and killed the strikers as they surged forward, machetes in hand. Instead, officials said Thursday that they were pursuing murder charges against the 270 miners who were arrested after the dust settled and the shooting stopped...

Frank Lesenyego, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority... said they were being charged under a law known as common purpose, in which members of a crowd when a crime is committed can be prosecuted as accomplices.

The Times perceives the Animal Farm-like evolution of the ANC as well:
The shootings have fed a growing sense of betrayal at the country's governing party, the venerable African National Congress, many of whose senior members have joined a wealthy elite a world away from the downtrodden masses whose votes brought them to power at the end of apartheid in 1994. Now the prosecutors' decision to charge the miners in the killings threatens to intensify that rift.
A week ago local activists from  labor, Occupy Oakland, and other progressive and radical groups came together at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland at a rally in support of the Marikina miners. The Occupy Oakland Labor Solidary Committee read a statement of support at that rally which has now been published:
To the workers striking against Lonmin:

We are the Labor Solidarity Committee of Occupy Oakland. We have been watching your struggle and are inspired by the strength, courage, and determination you have shown. We always support any and all workers who realize their power and stand up to fight back back against injustice. Injustices come from bosses, government, and even supposed allies.

None have fought with more fervor and righteous persistence as you. Few have ever faced the horrors that you have in return. We are both mournful and enraged by the brutality we know you have suffered. These actions must not go unanswered.

We extend to you a hand of solidarity from across the globe. We want to fight alongside you. We are workers also; your battles are our battles. We are on the same side; we share the same enemies on the other side.

We call on all people who have only their labor to survive and any of their organizations to not just speak, but to act in solidarity with you. We would like to take action against any company that buys, transports, or invests in products from Lonmin PLC. This includes refusing to install, sell, use or transport products containing material from this mine. It also includes shutdown actions against investors and companies who service Lonmin PLC.

We also support every effort to resist unjust economic and government systems, including your actions resisting murderous, violent police. This is another common battle that we share.

Lastly, we support your ability to organize in any way that way that you, as workers, decide, in order to combat the injustices you face. We will do what we can to support and defend you. This is one fight; we should be one fist.

In mourning, outrage, and solidarity,

-- The Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee

But it was NOT all right, everything was NOT all right, the struggle was NOT finished... He DID NOT LOVE Big Brother.

Rally in Oakland in support of the miners

"This does not look like negotiating"

Originally posted to jpmassar on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, WE NEVER FORGET, Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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  •  Comments for the miners of South Africa. (3+ / 0-)
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    SeaTurtle, dharmasyd, JayRaye
  •  Well done. (5+ / 0-)

    Gracias hermano. In mourning, outrage, and solidarity.

    But it was NOT all right, everything was NOT all right, the struggle was NOT finished... He DID NOT LOVE Big Brother.
  •  As I asked before (3+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar, SeaTurtle, JayRaye

    machine guns?  Really?

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 12:07:49 PM PDT

  •  Zuma is the PIG (1+ / 0-)
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    There are not enough words in my vocabulary to express the depth and breadth of the hate and anger I have towards this fetid piece of humanity.

    My heart goes out to the suffering miners who were mowed down, once again in South Africa.  Remember Sharpesville?  The violence!  The Abuse!  Truly there is something terminally tragic about South Africa; its resource wealth will never let it find peace.  Greed will always destabilze this country.  Truly 'Cry, The Beloved Country.'  

    Zuma embodies all this abuse and violence.  From the heights of the heroic days of Mandela and Tutu, the country has spiraled into the state it is under his corrupt reign.

    He has made a mockery of the the great achievements that were made when apartheid was stopped.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission?  When can the world ever again expect to see such nobility and wisdom and truth?

    PIG... That's all he is.

    He makes a worldwide mockery of the status of the office of President of South Africa.  He is a practicing polygamist who can't keep his tool zipped up.  Don't whitewash his behavior by claiming tribal custom.  A man who can't control these instincts is surely not going to be able to control his instinct for greed and corruption.

    Look at the story about his wives:

    Jacob Zuma is a polygamist who has been married six times[70][71] and in 2012 the Daily Telegraph estimated Zuma to have 20 children.[72] In June 2012 activists, including some from the ANC itself, complained about the amount the state paid to support Zuma's wives, especially in the context of the country's widespread poverty.[72] In 2009/10 Zuma received a budget of £1.2m for "spousal support", almost twice the amount paid during the terms in office of Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, leading for suggestions that only Zuma's first wife should receive state support.[72]

    Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo, whom he met in 1959 and married shortly after his release from prison in 1973.[73] She lives at his home at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. They have no children.
    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a cabinet minister since 1999, with whom he has four children, Msholozi (born 1982), Gugulethu (born 1985), Thuli (Nokuthula Nomaqhawe) (born 1987) and Thuthu (Thuthukile Xolile Nomonde) (born 1988). They divorced in June 1998.[74]
    Kate Mantsho, from Mozambique, with whom he had five children, Mxolisi Saady (born 1980), twins Duduzile and Duduzane (born 1984), Phumzile (born 1989) and Vusi (born 1993). She committed suicide on 8 December 2000.[74]
    Nompumelelo Ntuli (MaNtuli), married on 8 January 2008. Ntuli, born 1975, is a resident of KwaMaphumulo near Stanger and has three children with Zuma—Thandisiwe, born 2002, Sinqobile, born February 2006 and Manqoba Kholwani born August 2010.[74]
    Thobeka Stacie Madiba (born Mabhija, her mother's name), married 4 January 2010 with whom he has one child.[75] Zuma paid lobola to her clan in 2007. Their child was born in October 2007. She has another of Zuma's out-of-wedlock children living with her.[75] Mabhija grew up in Umlazi, where she matriculated at Umlazi Commercial High School. She has worked at Standard Bank, Ithala, Cell C and SA Homeloans in La Lucia.[76][77][78]
    Gloria Bongekile Ngema, married on 20 April 2012. The wedding took place in Nkandla and was attended by Zuma's three other wives. Following a traditional ceremony known as umgcagco, the bridal party participated in a traditional Zulu competitive celebratory dance. Ngema has one son, Sinqumo (born 2005), with Zuma.[3]

    from Wiki

    In addition to these 'wives' he has many children from other women.  He is fucking when he should be attending to justice in this country.

    HE IS A PIG.

    The invocation of 'Animal Farm' is unfortunately spot on.  Forever this will go forward as the story and picture of how Animal Farm came to life.

    UGH!  Did I mention How I can't stand him?

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 12:14:13 PM PDT

    •  Oh, for those who don't know, Zuma is the ANC (1+ / 0-)
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      He is the head of the ANC.  And is responsible for its corruption.

      Fucking Zuma.

      The first word used as both an adjective and a verb.

      I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

      by SeaTurtle on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

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  •  It's about time (2+ / 0-)
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    for the ANC to break up into 2-3 parties, i.e. right, left, and maybe centrist.

    After revolutions and a period of fixing the worst overt problems of the previous regime with Left-liberal measures, government tends to settle in pretty far to the Right (in the new reality) and liberalize only very slowly and painfully.

    I'm all for workers getting their fair share of the wealth.  But I get the impression that these people are not realistic about the number of children they can reasonably expect to raise on blue collar job income in an otherwise rapidly modernizing economy.

  •  tip, rec, & repub x4 (1+ / 0-)
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    WE NEVER FORGET the Marikana Miners

    Originally written: the worker's flag...

    The worker's flag is deepest red;
    It shrouded oft our martyred dead,
    And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
    Their heart's blood dyed its every fold.
                            -James Connell, 1889

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 05:37:32 PM PDT

  •  I;ve grown weary of the bad faith upon this 3rd (0+ / 0-)

    rock from the sun.


    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 11:18:13 AM PDT

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