“Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.” César Estrada Chávez (1927 – 1993) was an American labor leader, and civil rights activist.
The subject was openly debated in Swedish media lately and triggered public protests and petition signings.
Stockholm’s council declared that his decision was based on purely commercial considerations:
‘MTR submitted the best bid from a quality standpoint, and that was decisive in this procurement’, said Ingemar Ziegler, Managing Director of transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik.,
reported Railway Gazette International.
But many think the decision was at least motivated by the obvious unease many city council members were sensing amidst the climate of disgust with Israeli crimes and the massacre that was ongoing in Gaza.
Of course one shouldn’t be naïve; it will take much more that Veolia losing a market to win the economic battle against the Zionist state, but it’s a delighting first hint that the campaign is beginning to bite. Hopefully.
(By the way, hear what Pr. Chomsky had to say about the onslaught in Gaza.)