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

Olympic Games:
Rid Me of These Poor!

Jul 30, 2012

For the few days of the Olympic Games, London looks after its image. The organizers established what they call a “dispersion zone.” This is a perimeter from which the poor who look disreputable in the midst of the festival of sport must be cleared.

When the Chinese did the same thing in Beijing, Western countries were indignant. But what was condemned yesterday thousands of miles away has become acceptable in London today.

To carry out the great cleansing of London, the organizers used all measures: they moved out beggars, the poor, the miserable; stopped youth with hoodies; inspected brothels from basement to attic. New benches were provided for bus shelters to make it impossible for the homeless to sleep.

Just like a sparkling post card, the Olympic Games hide a reality – because it would spoil the festival!