Sicily Pitchfork Movement in Revolt – Western Media Blackout
Sicily Was Under Complete Blockade by Pitchfork Movement Triggered by 40% Gas Tax Hike … by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor
Could Sicily Provide the World with a Mass Revolt Template Against Endemic Corruption?
On January 16th, middle class Sicilians began a popular uprising appropriately called the ‘Pitchfork Movement’…’Movimento Dei Forconi’.
There are shades of the Occupy movement within it, but the core is not dissatisfied unemployed youth with no property or businesses to lose.
They are middle aged and older. They know that what they have left has been targeted by their own elites to bear the economic pain.
The other difference is size. Sicily’s five million people, their grass roots people, have occupied themselves.
So of course the story caught my eye and I then checked the mainstream media sites to look at what I was sure to be some great video. Wrong! So far, there is almost nothing.
I went back to check my date…and yes it started on the 16th and took two days to shut the island down, nothing going in or out. That was almost two weeks ago and I just learned today, and I can assure you I am not a hermit.
Can you image the Occupy Wall Street people having shut Manhattan down of two weeks with no European coverage? Sure, it’s Sicily and not Manhattan…but it’s big, 25,000 sq km. That is why I used the space station feature photo.
What could corporate media possibly be afraid of? Well grab your seats, and here it is:
Sicily is Rising
The arrest of all corrupt politicians
Reduction in the number of Parliamentarians
Removal of the provincial bureaucracy (local crooks), as most of these politicians have been there for over forty years
Drastic cuts in the salaries and privileges of Parliamentarians and Senators
Restricting politicians to only two terms in office
Now there are some radical ideas. They must have come from some Anarchist Aliens that landed in Sicily during the night. Or…it sounds like we all have a common problem, that requires a common solution, which requires that we might want to start working together. That sounds like another radical idea, but Veterans Today would be happy to offer a platform for such an exchange.
Here is one YouTube video that I found with only a whopping 47 views. Now that’s what I call getting the word out! I mean, really…is Sicily on everybody’s hate list or something? Did they do something REALLY bad? Maybe I am a hermit and just don’t know it. You might need to turn me in to Gordon!!
From Neil’s blog last week:
Grass Roots Revolt
Today is the third day of protest in Sicily. The island is almost paralyzed.
In the island are protesting truckers, farmers, fishermen, craftsmen associations and merchants.
Students are organizing demonstrations in solidarity, occupying roads and harbours. In Gela they close the entrance to the refinery, threatening the port operations.
Hundreds of trucks are at Villa San Giovanni harbour trying to ship to the big island with tons of goods (fruit vegetables and dairy supplies) will soon putrefy because the trucks cannot reach the shores of Sicily island. This stop is having a price on Sicily in terms of loss in their economy.
The stocks of fuel are scarce and in many areas of the island are over, same for food, with empty shelves in supermarkets and some smaller business are already closed. People are starting to fear the food that comes from the black market. Truck inventory is escorted by the police.
Sicilian Middle Class Takes to the Streets
The protest against increases in fuel (40% taxes on top of the basic price) and road toll, but this is just the top of the iceberg. The leaders of the movement speak of “a cry of despair and revolt of the workers on the island.”
This is not an usual mobilization that gathers social sectors and political groups that have little in common: waving separatist flags next to the Forza Nuova (extreme right wing movement).
The risk of exploitation is as always very high. Even more in a region like Sicily, perhaps the one that most supported the center-right government led by Berlusconi, who has led the country to bankrupt.
Many people believe that fascists and mafia are behind and within the movement. There are those who ask the promoters of the protest to distance themselves from people linked to the crime who are seizing the moment to join the protest as victims to have a sort of control.
Prosecutors in Palermo confirmed the possibility of such suspicious, but it is unknown whether there are already ongoing investigations.
Hamadi Jebali – Tunisia’s First Elected Prime Minister
As Veterans Today has been stating over and over, if the good folks want to take on the deeply entrenched elite mafias, they have to set aside their petty differences that historically absorb 95% of their political activism energies.
They have to save the home front or they are going to have nothing to fight over other than working for the mobsters to hunt down those who still have something to steal.
Yesterday I listened to a wonderful Al Jazeera interview with Tunisia’s new Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali.
The big question asked was how had the moderate Islamists, his party, and the secular Tunisian new leaders been able to work together so well, so far, despite their ‘issues’.
Jebali answered instantly, ‘We just set all that aside…we knew we had to concentrate on the economic problems because the voters are going to hold us responsible if they are not fixed as soon as possible’….which was a very good answer.
Both sides knew that if things were still in the big mess they are now, that with the elections one year out their butts would be out on the street. They expect to be held accountable.
Maybe these new emerging democracies can teach us older ones some things we may have forgotten, or hidden away. We need to wise up and get these economic issues dealt with or none of the others are going to matter in the end anyway. They had to get rid of the blood suckers first to even begin the job.
We have some mega blood suckers sitting on the $4.5 trillion that Ronald Reagan and Lee Wanta wanted to rebuild America.
We have 15,000 reads on our Saturday night column but the media trucks are not parked outside my house yet. I suspect they may be waiting to see if the people even care.
BRITAINS FREE MEDIA……LOL!
January 31, 2012 – 3:04 pm
Jim, they got you good buddy and you’re one of the best so it goes to show they get us all once in a while. You just assumed, in part, by comparing Tunisia’s government to ours, that our congress isn’t getting anything done for the people because they “can’t agree for the greater good”. That’s their cover story, right? The Tunisian government would get very little done if the government was filled with people who had zero nationalist interests and sold themselves to the highest bidder like a wart faced street walker screeching for coins to S the D. And yes, I am specifically referring to Barney Frank in this analogy, but broadly paint the brush fairly across nearly all representatives. You can count on one hand the good ones.
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January 31, 2012 – 3:05 pm
PS – but YES YES YES to setting aside OUR differences and organizing. Veterans Today is already a pillar of that.
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January 31, 2012 – 3:49 pm
Oh no, I was not comparing. It was a simple quote from him that the new leadership, if they were deemed to let the economic situation stagnate while they gut each other on partisan matters…they live in a country which just had a revolt, so a second one is easier than the first.
Our Pols are not too worried about a revolt because they have nothing fresh in their minds to remember. When the Teaparty and Occupy team up with vets, unions, students and paleoconservatives, and for example push a really good whistleblower law through Congress, the Pols will start sweating bullets.
But that said, I can’t see where they can jump start an economy where imports are up 40% from a year ago and exports way down. Have not heard anything about recovering stolen assets, or getting the Saudis to extradite the thieves.
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February 1, 2012 – 6:25 am
The Sicilians have instinctively realized that the source of many of their unnecessary problems is simply an issue of parasitic money control, and by extension social control and inhibition of natural growth, so they are trying to rid themselves of the irritants. Of course there is a blackout, because if others see that their tormenters are in fact weak and frightened illusionists, and that determination and will puts them in corners or to flight, they might get the same idea. Can’t have that!
The Icelanders reacted similarly and their economy is in recovery, which is carefully kept out of the news. Both economies have three NWO obstructions – the advantages of clear geographical boundaries, small and for the most part homogenous populations, and intact, living cultural identities within the general European culture. If there is one thing that the uncouth, uneducated, and VERY uncultured NWO hates it is culture, hence the constant attacks and vulgarization of our culture and others. There is more strengh in culture than one thinks as Rahnameh clearly explained in his earlier post about Iranian culture.
The smaller countries have the best chance because they can learn and react as a whole, even if they have been folded into some dual or tri-lettered ponzi. Once the population is informed they can tell the NWO to get lost. The key is information which the NWO controls via media and violence. Without the power of illusion and lies the NWO leaders are just scavengers and frightened mice.
The bigger economies will have a problem trying to extrapolate themselves from complex agreements (controlled by the NWO of course) and the message will be difficult thanks to the intentional multi-culti scam, the entitlement cottage industries, and the destruction of cultural cohesion and traditional sources of authority. Still, it can be done, but it will not be easy or fast, and the parasites will do everything in their power to retain control for they know they are incapable of work and do not want to lose the gravy train.
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Jim W. Dean
February 1, 2012 – 7:17 am
Ann, This is why we put the time into the comment boards, for intelligent well thought out comment like this which in effect add to the article. You saw what I did, that the ‘getting robbed’ problem was universal.
And while the Arab Spring folks have their hands full getting rid of an old older, one supported in general by our western regimes when they can make a buck on them, the rest of us are faced with a similar challenge. How do we get the boot off the necks of our own elites here who view the rest of us as plantation animals.
What this turned a light on for me is that maybe it is time for us to create a forum where all these ‘getting free’ groups can talk to each other…as we face a universal problem, and we should be able to leverage our numbers through some smart liaison work. The trick is it has to be done at the right level to get any attention from the bad guys…that maybe an asteroid is coming their way which will change things for them for all time.