Sunday, December 04, 2011

"I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?" Millionaire & ex public schoolboy, Jeremy Clarkson

aging, flabby millionaire tosspot

Between 1986 and 2010 over 2800 were killed according to one source, and over 4000 according to others. Most assassinations were carried out by paramilitaries or the Colombian military; some were carried out by the guerillas. In 2009 only around 4% of workers in Colombia were unionised. Wikipedia

Clarkson probably thinks this is a good thing, least ways, he hasn't apologised for his crass and offensive remarks. His non-apology reads thus:

"I didn't for a moment intend these remarks to be taken seriously – as I believe is clear if they're seen in context. If the BBC and I have caused any offence, I'm quite happy to apologise for it alongside them."

Here are some examples from the "Justice For colombia" website - there are many many more examples if you click on the link, and they continue right up to the present. 

1st of October 2009 at 8.30 p.m., hired assassins seriously injured Mario Montes de Oca Anaya and killed Alberto Luis Pastrana Soto, who was with him at the time, as they approached the main entrance of Hospital San Jerónimo in the city of Montería, Córdoba. 
Montes de Oca Anaya, head of the local branch of the Córdoba teachers’ association, ADEMACOR, and a legal advisor on the matter of displaced persons, received three bullet wounds and is currently in hospital in the city of Montería. As in many other such cases, the death threats against the teacher were reported, but the authorities took no action. Mario is the brother of Boris Montes de Oca, a member of the CUT executive and head of the Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining Department.

8 December 2009: The ITUC has denounced and strongly condemned the murders of art teacher Zorayda Cortés López, who worked at the Higher Technical Institute of Pereira, the capital of Risaralda, and Leny Yanube Rengifo Gómez, a teacher and active member of the Cauca education workers’ union, Asociación de Institutores y Trabajadores de la Educación del Cauca – ASOINCA.
It is unacceptable and a cause for grave concern in the trade union movement that 195 teachers have been assassinated in Colombia, without a single arrest being made, and that 35 trade unionists have been killed this year alone.

Teacher Trade Unionist killed every two weeks in colombia

It's not just the killings, and it's not just Colombia, there are imprisonments and intimidation worldwide, Turkey, Iraq, Somalia, Thailand, all over central and south America, Africa and the Middle East. Have no doubt that if the west continues down its current road of oppression and injustice we may well see this happening in Europe too. Remember that it was happening in Europe as recently as 35 years ago. That's not even to begin on some of the suppressed stories from the 1980s miners' strike in the UK. Don't be complacent!
This makes Jeremy Clarkson very very happy: a murdered Trade Unionist

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