Skip to comments.Man Refuses Food Over Welfare Cuts (Germany)
Posted on 11/22/2012 9:48:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
An unemployed Berlin man who had his state welfare cut to nearly nothing is refusing to eat, in an attempt to make the government consider introducing a basic income.
Ralph Boes, 54, has not eaten since November 1 and, he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung on Monday he would not stop his protest until his demands are heard. Until then the occasional cup of vegetable stock will have to do.
Boes refuses to label his protest as a hunger strike, preferring the idea that the government has punished him with starvation. The job centre recently cut his monthly jobseeker's payment to 37.50 a tenth of what it was. It still pays his rent.
He denies bringing the situation upon himself by turning down multiple job offers, saying that as a trained and experienced occupational therapist, it would be unthinkable to work in a badly paid, unskilled job.
He turned down shifts at a call centre for 7 an hour, calling it slave labour, while a job in the office of a temping agency would make Boes what he called a slave master both of which were, morally, not options for him.
Instead, he wants an unconditional basic income paid by the government for everyone. In the fight for this, it was time that someone trying to be heard, replaced their voice with their life.
I'm being punished to the point of death, he added. But I will not die, I will win.
Boes told the paper he believed a basic income should be available to everyone from the government to fund them to do what they consider right, important and sensible.
Until then, he said he was recording his daily activities and weight loss in a blog - he has lost nearly seven kilos in the last nearly three weeks.
To the critics who have labelled him a parasite, Boes said I asked them what they think of bankers; whether they too are not parasites?
Ralph sounds like he might not be playing with a full deck.
Sluggards should die of hunger.
It’s too bad the solution to this problem takes so long.
he wants an unconditional basic income paid by the government for everyone.
Coming soon to Americant.
Crowds should gather around him eating hamburgers, brats and fries, talking about how good it all is and occasionally offering him some.
So if I refuse food, you’ll offer me all that? I’m in.
This is a great idea, and I hope it spreads to the US.
Every Democrat moocher should go on a hunger strike until the Democrat parasite nests (”cities”) look like Biafra.
You aren’t sane when you act like the government is your parents, and demand they act like your parents.
Wow seven whole Kilos in three weeks... That is like fifteen pounds. I am not sure of his beginning weight, but that isn’t a great deal for an adult male who has given up ALL food.
A variant already has. Hostess union refused to take a pay cut and would rather give up their jobs.
These leftists will keep going further and further. However at some point the welfare socialist state morphs into a full-blown communist state which will make all slaves work to their ability in order for the state to provide to each according to their need. Brave new world.
Let him starve
He’s been “protesting” for this basic income/thievery since at least 2008.
We demands our rights.
Hostess union refused to take a pay cut and would rather give up their jobs.
Hostess will be followed by many more companies that refuse to allow union bosses run their country.
Hey, worthless freeloader, there is no such thing as government money, only taxpayer's money. What Mr. entitlement wants is for the working people to pay him just for being alive so he can sit on his ass all day long and do nothing. Won't be long before the left wing idiots of this country will start demanding the same thing and Bozo will want to give it to them.
One less bell to answer; one less egg to fry, one less mouth to feed now.....They could almost make a song from the story.
His lower Welfare bennies will go a lot further since he gave up food. He’s got ingenuity ;)
A hint to this arrogant man: Germans are not Hindus, and as such are unimpressed with hunger strikes. They also know the difference between stubborn moral certainty and a petulant tantrum.
Let’s see: He WAS making 375 Euros/month doing nothing, or he can work for 7 Euros/hour and easily make 700 Euros/month working part-time.
Let him starve
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