August 3, 2012 – In this week’s Smash the State Report we kick off with a great piece outlining the underlying racist behaviour of the Canadian government and the mainstream press, as a court rules that the Attawapiskat band was not mismanaging its money, and the appointment of a third-party manager was a poor decision based on those responsible for making those decisions not understanding the situation in the least. We then read a piece from rabble.ca on the reaction in the streets to the Quebec election call. A convergence in support of the student strike is called from the 13th-17th in Montreal and at striking schools – check: http://bloquonslarentree.com/ for more info on this.
In India, Suzuki workers have been battling aggressive and violent corporate and state forces, then we remember Gore Vidal with a replay of the amazing 2003 Democracy Now interview with the writer/critic, and discuss the blockade of the Mexico's Televisa studio over an election scandal.
In a quick #G20report, another lawsuit has been filed against the Toronto police for their rampage during the G20, this one for profiling, improper detainment, and sexual harassment, a former TTC worker was sentenced to 14 months for failing to set fire to a police car after jumping on it, and we note that Mandy Hiscoks has announced a #jailmailfail, even as her speaking event in Ottawa with Ann Hansen was delayed (now on Aug 14 or so), and in the States, an unhappy farmer destroys 7 cop cars with a giant tractor (not a killdozer).
We close the show with a story about the Bhopal olympics protests, and miss a golden opportunity to play Geoff Berners Olympic Song.
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