New York Food Riots
It all began in the late 1990s, as the civil unrest that marked the end of the millennium intensified even more. Alarmed at the state of things, the corporations feared to trust their interests to indifferent of in their eyes, incompetent governments. Beginning with their holdings in the Third World countries, they armed their security personnel with the finest available equipment and hired professional mercenaries on both long and short term contracts. As the tide of civil disobedience and urban violence began to engulf every nation on the globe, the corporations began to transfer their paramilitary assets wherever needed. The stage was set.
In 1999, food riots in New York City created the flashpoint. Angered and frightened by a three-month truckers’ strike that had stopped the flow of fresh foods into New York, the people took to the streets. Hundreds were killed and thousands injured as the violence spread through the city.
At one point, a Seretech Med-Research truck hauling wastes, including infectious materials, became the target of a mob. In what became a running gunfight, Seretech security came to the aid of the corporate truckers, withdrawing the to one of the firm’s medical research facilities. More violence followed as the maddened crowd stormed the building. By dawn 20 Seretech employees were dead, while 200 rioters lay lifeless on the grounds and in the street.