The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Assaults on Bus Drivers

Aug 21, 2023

Excerpted from the SPARK’s L.A. Metro Bulletin

Between 2018 and 2022, assaults on Metro bus operators doubled. According to Metro’s own statistics, there were 80 assaults on operators in 2018, and there were 158 assaults on operators in 2022. No doubt, it’s even worse this year.

A homeless person threw a bottle at an operator on Line 18, right after the operator had told the person that the bus was completely full and there was a bus right behind him. But as the operator began to close the doors, the person threw the bottle, hitting the operator in the face.

As housing prices explode, more and more people are forced to live on the streets. And living on the streets can drive anyone crazy and angry. They target anyone close to them, starting with Metro employees.

Real estate speculators, landlords and bankers could care less. They’re making their profits by pushing housing prices higher and higher, no matter how many lives they destroy.