MAY 28 2012 23:32h
The city initiative ''I won't pay'' started a fight against public transportation service. Their messages appeared all over Zagreb as a certain resistance against price rises of public transportation service. Initiative claims that people feel jeopardized and hunted when taking the public transport.
- In the last couple of years we are exposed to a rush of price rises on community services. As the city transport service, ZET almost became as an exclusive service to most of the citizens. Local authority is trying to solve financial problems by increasing repression - price rises, penalties increase as well as continuous controls. Atmosphere of fear is potentiated by irritating messages over PA systems installed in public transportation vehicles. Activists say that many people can't afford themselves to buy tickets so they feel excluded and criminalized.
- We paid taxes for building public infrastructure over years. Recent price rise can't be explained as operational cost. The real cause is a wide-spread corruption within the structure of city administration. This includes a problem of too expensive public procurement and similar waste of our money. Until such unacceptable behavior doesn't stop, we have a right to refuse this overload caused by crises as people who participated in building the public infrastructure. If we don't have money, we can't take tram, go to a hospital, or educate ourselves at faculties. They imposed us to carry a burden of crises we are not responsible of - says the report of the Initiative.
They claim that according to law, controllers have no right to legitimize a passenger, retain a passenger in a vehicle or throw a passenger out of a vehicle.
- This is a threat to all of us, and that's why we have to oppose to paying tickets of public transportation. We have to show an active solidarism to other passengers. Attack at one passenger is an attack at all of us. We refuse to pay something that has been already paid. We won't pay! - says the Initiative.