53. Bunker

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Location: Top Secret

‘They can’t keep this up for much longer.’

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‘They don’t show any signs of stopping and it’s in the sixth day now.’

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‘They lasted ten days back in 71.  It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.’

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‘But that was over forty years ago, the community was in its infancy.  It has grown enormously since then.’

‘You are right – it has grown, but not only in number – in commitment, in strength, in duty.’

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‘With respect, that is not really the case.  The people are divided, they have always been divided and now they are more divided than ever before – and the rebels are recruiting more and more to their cause.’

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‘This is too big for us to handle here.  I think we need a crisis meeting with our external committee members.  At the UN.  We’re struggling to contain things as it is – with the corrupted taking of that girl and the various other little acts of sabotage lately we simply can’t do anything with this scale of unrest.  We don’t have the room for them in…’

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‘I know.  Have we any sense how the rest of the residents are coping?’

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‘Lockdown is not working as well as it has in the past.  Many are staying put, content to just collect their daily food drops and keep to themselves, but I would estimate that the numbers are only around 50%, and falling.  The protesters are gaining ground not only in Central but in all of the twelve communities.’

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‘There are hardcore older residents, not only those who remember 71, but those who remember 84 and 99.’

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‘And if they remember those they will know that such events didn’t end well for the agitators.’

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‘These are not all naïve citizens born here, there are people who remember Martin Luther King and the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid and even some of the younger people, they have seen revolutions – they saw Egypt and Iran.’

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‘But the whole point is that Beacon is not Iran or Apartheid-era South Africa. I can’t believe you would even compare them.’

‘The situations are different, but people are people.  They want to be heard.’

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‘And we hear them.  But they need to realise what is best for them.  Is there anything we can do about these protestors?  Could we stop food getting to them somehow?’

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‘We can’t treat them like that, they haven’t broken any laws.  They’re not prisoners.’

A hush fell over the room as those words hit the air.

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9 Responses to 53. Bunker

  1. marsar2 says:

    This was one intriguing meeting… and rather creepy the way they’re handling protestors. Are they really considering starvation?!

  2. portisheart says:

    seems not only the residents are divided.. the comittee starts having split opinions too. this time might be the right one ~

    • Rad says:

      Well, there may be a reason we see the story now rather than at any other stage in the past 50 plus years…

  3. SimBlip says:

    In a crisis, there is force in numbers. But the reverse is also true. We’ve often seen dictators rise when a society is crumbling at the seams. One person, charismatic enough, to win over the majority of the population.
    This is not the case here, there is a council… still.

  4. pinkfiend1 says:

    Interesting how people react when they lose control.

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