Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Capitalist State

The capitalist class will not shrink from the use of force to protect their wealth.

Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, and Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola are reportedly employing Nigerian police officers to forcefully evacuate residents of a rural community in Lagos in order to facilitate Dangote’s acquisition of a large parcel of land.  Dangote, who has a fortune worth $24.5 billion, intends to build a $9 billion oil refinery and petrochemical complex in the area.

On Thursday more than a hundred Nigerian police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) invaded the Okun-Idasho rural community in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, and forced residents to evacuate from their homes. According to the report, the policemen arrived at noon and went from house to house throwing out occupants. Individuals who protested the invasion were arrested and manhandled. The police officers also shot in the air sporadically and threw tear gas to disperse protesting residents.

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