27 July 2009

Who will be next.........

The following was published in 'The Viaduct', issue No.72, dated August 2009

Xenophobia is a dislike and/or fear of that which is unknown or different from oneself. It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear." The term is typically used to describe a fear or dislike of foreigners or of people significantly different from oneself, usually in the context of visibly differentiated minorities. (Source: Wikipedia - Xenophobia)

The following is a quote from Cllr Martyn Smith, Somerton Town Council meeting, 23rd June 2009:
"I've lived in this town for 19 years nearly so I'm an outsider and I've been fairly well accepted but what really gripes me and we have several of them and I'm not going to name them but you probably all know who I'm talking about we have outsiders coming into this beautiful hilltop Saxon Town and the first thing they want to do is to slag it off well if they want to slag it off why don't they bugger off and leave us alone thank you."

Wikipedia describes 'Political repression' in the following terms:
Political repression is the persecution of an individual or group for political reasons, particularly for the purpose of restricting or preventing their ability to take part in the political life of society. Political repression may be represented by discriminatory policies, human rights violation, surveillance abuse, police brutality, imprisonment, involuntary settlement, stripping of citizen's rights, and violent action such as the murder, summary executions, torture, forced disappearance and other extrajudicial punishment of political activists, dissidents, or general population. Where political repression is sanctioned and organised by the state, it may constitute state terrorism, genocide, politicide or crimes against humanity. Systemic and violent political repression is a typical feature of dictatorships, totalitarian states and similar regimes. In such regimes, acts of political repression may be carried out by secret police forces, army, paramilitary groups or death squads. Relevant activities have also been found within democratic contexts as well.