Uganda: When taxi drivers went on strike…

When taxi drivers in Uganda went on strike:”I get into another taxi a couple of hours later and brave the town. I say brave because the taxi drivers are on strike over this new law that demands that taxis should only stop at City Square along the Kampala-Jinja road.
Any taxi seen with passengers is immediately stoned at. Bricks, stones, sticks.
The mob are angry. Typically, Ugandans will NOT accept change. And these taxi touts are the most conservative, violent and idle of the lot.
I escape certain death by a brick by a hair's breadth.”

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  • I remember watching a film about the miner’s strikes here in Australia, many decades ago, and it’s absolutely remarkable how across cultures and races, the tactics and techniques of the working class and the ruling class never change.
    The Australian miners were quick to viciously assault anyone who went back to work during the strike and reek havoc in the lives of the scabs, Asian scabs incidentally, who were sent to replace them.
    That’s why you have to love history. You learn how the more things change, the more they fundamentally stay the same.

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