Truckies – arrest ’em now!

Remarkable to see how everyone in ‘authority’ is bending over backwards to accomodate the protest of truckies against the government’s raising Road User Charges (RUC) by 7.5%.

Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) – charged with panning  planning Auckland’s transport – has decided they will shut down CBD bus services “until roads clear”, and Police are ‘working with truckies’. Stunning!

I recall student demo’s in the 1990s that intended to drive cars slow over Auckland Harbour Bridge as demonstration of student frsutration at ever rising tertiary education fees. Police arrested then-Auckland University Student’s Association President Brendon Lane under powers they have to hold anyone who is demonstrably intending to carry out an ‘offence’. So why haven’t they arrested the truckies leaders? And warned truckies that anyone infringing road laws will be promptly arrested?

After all, if a union has a strike (like Unite union foodcourt workers did last weekend at Auckland airport), cops turn out in large numbers to mooch around and ‘move along’ peaceful protestors. Aaaah, but I forgot – truckies are a vital cog in the capitalist wheel aren’t they? Can’t arrest our outrageous tax dodgers… (truckies are being subsidised as the RUC they pay is under the cost of maintenance and road construction costs attributed to them).

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