Some links from here and there:
- The Literary Atlas of Wales has created an interesting interactive map-based exploration of the Rebecca Riots of the mid-19th century — a grassroots rebellion that focused on destroying the tollgates that were going up all over Wales: Plotting the Rebecca Riots.
- Having been thwarted by the bonnets rouges (red caps) in its attempt to add a mileage tax to truck transport, the French government has attempted to attach an increased tax to vehicle fuel. Now a gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement has arisen to try to repeat the bonnets rouges’ success. The movement is organizing a highway blockade for .
- Fuel tax protests are ramping up in New Zealand as well. In general, fuel taxes, carbon taxes, and other such “ecotaxes” seem to be a hard sell.
- The Greek “won’t pay” movement continues to deploy guerrilla electricians to reconnect the power at households that have gone dark because of their inability or unwillingness to pay the inflated prices of the state utility monopoly.
- NWTRCC held its Fall 2018 national gathering in Cleveland. Erica Leigh reports on the happenings, for the NWTRCC blog.
- The grassroots war on traffic ticket issuing speed cameras continues:
- Perhaps in tribute to the yellow vests movement (see above), a resister in France blocked a speed camera with a yellow safety vest. Other resisters in France used bags, bubble wrap, fire, and paint to disable cameras, while a South African resister set such a camera on fire.
- More French and South African resisters used a tarp, more safety vests, a Homer Simpson head, duct tape, fire, paint, and a trash bag to render speed cameras unusable.