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(en) France, Police attack on CNT offices in Paris (fr)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:43:13 +0100 (CET)


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13 February 2005, 1.30am - MOBILIZE TO FREE OUR COMRADE!*
For no reason, during a festival organized at the premises of the Confédération
Nationale du Travail (CNT-f), the police charged a benefit concert which was
going on in the union's buildings. The police tried to burst in using extreme
violence. More than two hundred officers, of which about thirty in anti-riot
gear, batonned and used large amounts of teargas grenades against the union
militants present as well as the simple spectators who were there for this
musical event.

The deplorable result of the attack was several light injuries and one arrest.
Two hours after the events, we are still waiting for news of the young woman
who was arrested and are somewhat worried about her considering the violence of
the attack and some particularly shocking racist, sexist and homophobic remarks
from the police. Moreover, we make a point of specifying that this young woman
is asthmatic and would be thus particularly sensitive to the effects of the
teargas. Her situation consequently requires special medical care, the absence
of which would have serious health consequences.

We demand explanations on behalf of those in charge within the police force for
this indescribable attack against our trade-union organization, its militants
and its supporters. We demand the immediate release of the arrested comrade, as
well as the dropping of any charges against her.

In addition, the CNT notes that the noxious climate and exaggerated security
measures currently reigning in the country are today threatening trade-union
organizations even in their own buildings and during their own cultural
activities. We firmly condemn this trend which recalls some of the worst times
of our history.

When the State attacks trade-union freedoms, the worst is to be feared. The CNT
will not allow this wild repression and impunity to establish itself. The
freedom of organization and expression are not negotiable.

Our legal representatives are now looking into the matter. The CNT will that
light is thrown on this attack.

We ask that as many people as possible demand the immediate release of this
young woman by phoning the Orteaux police at 01 44 93 85 20
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* Paris, 13 February 2005, 6.30pm

OUR COMRADE IS FREE!

Our comrade who was arrested yesterday evening at 10.50pm was released this
Sunday at 4.00pm, after 15 hours of police custody, thanks to the exemplary
mobilization and support of other organizations such as Act-Up, LDH and CGT.
The spontaneous movement of solidarity against this violent arrest, that we
have no hesitation in describing as a xenophobic attack, ensured the speedy
release of our comrade.

However, she bears the marks of the violence which she underwent. Not content
with having batonned and beaten her to the ground, the police continued to beat
her with batons and fists inside their van. There was no shortage either of
racist and sexist insults, like "I didn't manage to get a good whack at this
whore!" and so on.

We note that for several months now the police have been acting with a feeling
of total impunity, allowing them to believe that they can get away with
anything.

This attack will not be without its consequences - we will never tolerate our
trade-union buildings or our comrades and supporters being attacked. A blow
against one of us is a blow against all!

We are already considering what legal action can be taken with regard to this
affair. Our injured members (the injuries include broken limbs, bruises, and so
on) are right now reporting the "forces of order" who were responsible for this
violence. We invite everyone who was injured to contact the CNT's Île de France
regional office so that we can collect the complaints.

We denounce the police violence and the "Perben 2"-type security laws which
give this type of totalitarian intervention a legal framework.

We remain mobilized as our comrade is being wrongfully accused of rebellion and
insulting police officers and has been summonsed to appear in court in Paris on
29th March.

We still demand an explanation and an apology from the police for this attack
on our buildings and members, the dropping of all charges against our comrade
as well as a guarantee that this kind of behaviour will not be repeated. We
also demand that sanctions be taken against the persons in charge of this
violence and we will be carefully following this case through our legal
advisers.

CNT Île de France Regional Office

translation by ainfos
Information from the CNT website at:
http://www.cnt-f.org

http://www.ainfos.ca/05/feb/ainfos00243.html


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