11 junho 2008

a tradition

The truck-drivers' strike, jamming highways and cutting supplies to the country is illegal. Everybody knows it, everybody says it, including authorities. And yet, Government, Parliament, the Attorney-General, the President do nothing to impose the rule of law. Why?

The answer is that we have a tradition of unlawfulness and all those people in positions of authority know - actually, all of us know - that if they were in the truck-drivers' position they would do exactly the same and would expect the authorities to do nothing. If this illegal strike were to happen in a Protestant country, say the US, the population would be up in arms asking the Government to send police or even the army to put an end to the strike. Here, on the contrary, the population is quite calm, if not enjoying the show.

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