Italy Pitchfork Movement:
When The World Wakes Up To A New Reality
By Peter Koenig
December 21, 2013 "Information
Clearing House - The Pitchfork
movement started in December 2012 in the South of Italy by
farmers protesting against higher taxes, higher fuel and
fertilizer prices due to Mario Monti’s (then PM), imposed
austerity program – which is in turn imposed by Monti’s
countryman, Mr. Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB)
and – what many want to ignore – former Goldman Sachs executive.
The same austerity imposed on other Southern European countries,
like Spain, Greece, Portugal and Ireland – causing unspeakable
human misery, unemployment, close to 30% in Greece and Spain
(Spain – 57% youth unemployment!), widespread famine, increasing
mortality rates in children – especially in Greece, where a
third of the population can no longer afford privatized health
insurance, therefore their children are no longer routinely
In addition under Draghi, the chief European Central Banker, the
infamous troika – International Monetary Fund (IMF), European
Union (EU) and ECB – loaded these countries with debt - which
generations to come may be burdened to repay.
These are typical draconian pro-cyclical measures that no ‘rich’
OECD country would accept. It is a means by the Gods of Money to
continue keeping the pressure on Europe, on the euro, to salvage
their worthless currency, the dollar. The Gods of Money are the
masters of Wall Street, the US Fed (Federal Reserve), and the
BIS (Bank for International Settlement) – the central bank of
central banks; i.e. the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and JP Morgans
of this world. They control the (Western) gold and monetary
markets by keeping the pressure on Europe – and the euro.
This is but a nutshell summary of what’s at stake, and what’s at
the origin for so much misery and so many ‘liberation’
movements, such as the Italian Pitchfork crusade, currently
timidly making its way from Sicily up north – and hesitantly
into some newspapers.
Originally Pitchfork was heavily Sicily centered – a protest of
Italy’s separated South against the elitist Rome. In the
meantime the movement is growing in strength and has reached
Rome, where it is clashing with police. The farmers are being
joined by truck drivers and worker unionists – and eventually by
people from the street. It is still weak in numbers, has the
potential to grow, but the media shun it, don’t talk about it,
ignore it. The elite controlling the media know that if and when
the knowledge about the crusaders spreads, it could become a
dangerous avalanche throughout Europe; it could grow almost
infinitely – it could mean the end of the dominating class.
Unhappiness is everywhere.
Pitchfork reminds of the May 15 or M15 movement that originated
on 15 May 2012 in Madrid, Spain, with protests against Rajoy’s
austerity measures. It followed the ‘Occupy Wall Street
Movement’, OWM, that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti
Park of New York’s Wall Street financial district, as a modern
sit-in against the banksters abuses at home and abroad.
While Wall Street was a novelty and caught initial media
attention, it grew in visibility and was emulated throughout the
world – it was henceforth the strongest nonviolent movement for
justice and against the Western boundless banking greed on
humanity and the planet.
All of these strong-willed nonviolent protests of the people for
the people against a merciless elite have an enormous potential
of changing the social landscape of the Western world. But -
the media have purposely and miserably failed them. Social
movements need media attention in order to propagate. But
largely ignored by the media, they gradually fade into oblivion.
A completely different media scenario presents the Ukraine,
where President Viktor Yanukovych is facing pro-Europe mass
protests, since he is backing away from a trade agreement with
the European Union. Yanukovych is questioning the honesty of the
treaty. Against a compensation of at least 20 billion euros –
the estimated amount his country would lose with the deal – he
might reconsider. Fair enough, since it is clear that so called
‘free’ trade agreements are always slanted in favor of the
stronger. Finally this is a question of local sovereignty. Yet
the world media zoom in and make believe that Ukraine’s
President is acting against the people’s will, never analyzing
the size of the protests, where they come from and who pays for
In the case of Ukraine there is even more at stake than an
unfair trade deal. If linked with the US puppet, called Europe,
NATO will not be far. Imagine – NATO at Russia’s doorstep – and
50% of the US Naval fleet already in the Pacific, surrounding
China's East Coast. – Imagine US reaction, if Russia were to
build up missile bases in the Caribbean – and China’s naval
flotilla would cruise up and down the California Coast!
But the protests in Kiev get plenty of media attention. Media
attention of protests against elected governments fuels the
Western greed economies, when these governments second-guess,
for good reasons, a pro-western stance. Protests which aren’t
even genuine. They are ‘implanted’ cells, like those that
triggered the so-called Arab Spring. Or those that marched
against Mr. Putin’s election in different Moscow parks.
They are infiltrated, trained and paid by US conservative think
tanks (sic) which receive hundreds of millions from the State
Department for precisely that purpose – to train demonstrators
to cause unrest in countries where ‘regime change’ is desired.
Media coverage will make sure that the complacent and blinded
Western public at large will take position; increasing the
pressure on Mr. Yanukovych and Mr. Putin. The US – via the
arch-reactionary and hawk, senator McCain – is even threatening
with sanctions if Yanukovych should renege on his ‘commitment’
towards Europe. --- And, not surprisingly, nobody within a
blinded Western populace asks what business of Washington this
But the media is there. Playing up a lie. They are not reporting
the Pitchfork and other movements throughout Southern Europe,
fighting for sheer survival of the people in their artificially
but effectively destroyed economies – social systems built up by
the people, sucked empty by banksters with the help of the
criminal troika – IMF, ECB and EU Commission.
But there is still hope. Russia and China are not going to be
intimidated. If the media are not covering peoples’ movements
for sheer existence – they will have no choice but to cover the
consequences of Russia’s and China’s actions, when these and
other nations will drop the dollar as reserve currency, when
they start trading hydrocarbons in their local currencies, when
they are proceeding with the “de-americanization” of the world –
in China’s words.
China has already shown its muscle by decisively harassing a US
missile cruiser in the South China Sea and by enforcing their
air space vis-à-vis Washington’s military and civil aviation. –
And what’s more – China has already declared to no longer
purchase US Treasury Bonds, alias US debt – and is quietly
shedding its huge – US$ 1.7 trillion – dollar holdings.
No doubt, the disastrous consequences of these actions for the
Western greed economies will get media attention.
The Pitchforks, M15 and OWM --- and all those peaceful social
movements that fight for their rights and justice and for their
people’s sovereignty across the globe --- will eventually be
vindicated, when the world wakes up to a new reality – when the
imposed debt and austerity programs will be wiped out by new
governments run by the people and for the people – and when the
police and soldiers awaken to the fact that they are brothers
and sisters of the people they have been ordered to fight.
Imagine – the lame mainstream media – they would be at a loss of
explaining what happens when the paradigm shifts from the haves
to the 99.99%!
Peter Koenig is economist and former World Bank staff. He worked
extensively around the world in the fields of environment and
water resources. He writes regularly for ICH, the Voice of
Russia and other internet sites.
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