Thursday, June 7, 2018

Naomi Klein: US-sponsored mass killing in Puerto Rico

That's what she said in this interview about the US lack of response to Hurricane Maria. Thousands of people died as a direct result of no electricity, no clean water and the collapse of the healthcare system.

"It’s state-sponsored mass killing. That’s what we’re talking about here, because maybe there wasn’t the intent to kill, but there was the knowledge that the infrastructure was being destroyed. And even after we see the results, the deadly results of it, they’re doing it still. [...] Even after seeing the effects of such brutal austerity and the thousands of lives it has taken, what is the response? More of the same—huge doses of austerity that they’re pushing right now, trying to kill–trying to close hundreds of schools, more layoffs, more neglect. And the cost of this is counted in thousands and thousands of lives."

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