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USA - Ofre for Katrina kræver hjælp, støtte og retfærdighed!
Protest demands justice for hurricane victims, not repression
Monica Moorehead, 3. september 2005
Ofre for orkanen Katrinas hærgen kræver hurtig nødhjælps-indsats og en retfærdig behandling, efter at det er blevet stadig tydeligere, at den hidtidige nødhjælpsindsats har været aldeles utilstrækkelig, og at adskillige tusinde formodes at have mistet livet.
President George W. Bush arrived today in Biloxi, Miss., to pay a “visit’ to some of the victims of the hurricane there. It was more than coincidence that as Bush was carrying out his photo-op, food supplies were finally being delivered to the thousands of victims who had been languishing outside the leaking Superdome in New Orleans, five days after the hurricane hit. People have been literally starving and going without water. Thousands are believed to have died, although the government is not giving out casualty figures.
The “hoodlums’ she was referring to are the thousands of hungry, homeless poor people, overwhelmingly Black, who were abandoned by government agencies on all levels before and after the devastation caused by the hurricane.
Speaker after speaker at Times Square characterized the inhumane treatment of the people left to die in New Orleans as “criminal,’ “genocidal’ and “racist.’ Speakers also denounced the oil corporations and the super-rich as the real looters in society, not the most oppressed, who have been forced to liberate the necessities of life from locked-up stores in order to survive unimaginable conditions.
The rally charged that the hundreds of billions of dollars spent for war and occupation in Iraq should have been spent on strengthening the deteriorating infrastructure in urban areas like New Orleans, as well as for other human needs. Meanwhile, on a giant screen at the military recruiting center behind them, images were being flashed that glorified warfare and U.S. military strength.
A national day of solidarity with the hurricane victims has been called for Sept. 12. Initiating endorsers include the Million Worker March Movement; Troops Out Now Coalition; Harlem Tenants Council; Chris Silvera, president of the Teamsters National Black Caucus, and local leaders and activists from around the country.