In shades of Athens 2008, citizens of Mexico City torched a Coca-Cola sponsored Christmas tree in the centre of the city. In lots of cities the lavish city centre Christmas tree is seen as a glaring contrast to the poverty that surrounds it, and it is even more despicable when it is sponsored by a greedy, exploiting multinational corporation. The retail trade refers to the Christmas as the golden quarter, it is all geared up to consumption. From that babbling brook of bullshit, the mainstream media, we are bombarded with an array of lavish coloured boxes, all, so we are told, guaranteed to bring happiness and love. Parents feel pressurised into getting their kids the latest very expensive, coloured box, which the manufacturers will make sure, is out dated by the beginning of next year. We are all encouraged to pile on the debt to keep the shops busy, to fatten the bank accounts of the shareholders. In this society, Christmas is all about consumption. At least burning a large Christmas tree in the city centre gives people a free heat.
Photo Athens 2008.
This from Anarchist News:
Protesters Burn Coca-Cola Christmas Tree in Mexico CityA group of anarchist protesters used a Molotov cocktail to burn a Coca-Cola sponsored Christmas tree along Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma on Friday.