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(en) Canada-France, Alternative libertaire faced with an unusual repression

Date Sat, 17 Jun 2006 10:33:28 +0300

An ugent appeal for support Alternative libertaire faced with an unusual repression
The goal of repression is to silence the social revolts that an unjust
society necessarily generates: the revolts of undocumented workers, anti-GMO
activists, the November 2005 rioters, anti-CPE strikers. What
these struggles have in common is self-evident.
Today, Alternative libertaire is the target of a repression unusual in
scope and timing: in less than three (3) weeks, six (6) AL activists have been
targeted. Each time, the link has been the same: the challenge to State racism
and antisocial policy, whose latest avatar is the so-called “Law of Chance
Equality”, known by its French acronym CPE. This law generated twelve (12)
weeks of exemplary social struggle that ended with the CPE's withdrawal. Today,
the State wants Alternative libertaire to pay for the
role it played in the strikes and blockades.

* In Rennes, the city where opposition was broader and
more fierce, our comrades and friends Tristan and
François are accused of and will face charges,
respectively, for “insults and threats” and “death
threats” against the leader of the strike-breakers, a
math teacher at the University of Rennes II. These
charges are motivated, of course, by revenge. They
are directed against two (2) student unionists known
throughout Rennes for their militancy. The
accusations are motivated by the bitterness of the
math teacher's public humiliation at the hands of the
mass of revolting students and, with the withdrawal of
the CPE, by the State's political defeat. Tristan is a
particularly eagerly-sought target as he recently
received a order to appear before officials to answer
questions relating to “facts linked to the anti-CPE
movement”. The trial begins July 13th at the Rennes
TGI. Court supporters will gather at 3pm.

* In Rouen our comrade Pierre, an out-of-work member
of the unemployed committee, was arrested while
putting up posters. For him, a fine of 150 euro is
more then a penalty.

* In Paris, on June 4th, as police concluded an
anti-immigrant raid in the Belleville neighborhood and
prepared to leave the scene, a small crowd gathered to
protest their actions with anti-racists slogans. Four
(4) people, including Valentin and Emmanuel, activists
from Alternative libertaire, were arrested and held
for 24 hours. Trial begins on July 6th for Valentin,
Emmanuel and Manuel, and on the 13th for
Jean-Baptiste. These comrades need support during the

* In Aix-en-Provence, on June 1st, students from the
Literature faculty of Aix-en-Provence University shut
down the first part of the “national
university-employment debate”. This masquerade, under
the guise of “answering the students' concerns”, was
supposed to help French Prime Minister Villepin
rebuild his image after the failure of the CPE. On
June 7th, students, angry that police had been
summoned by the university to allow only pro-CPE
bosses and administrators to gain access to a second
"national debate", tried to disrupt it with the help
of foghorns and songs. Following a scuffle,
Jean-Pascal, an activist from Alternative libertaire,
was snatched from the ranks of the demonstrators and
beaten by police, after which he was arrested and put
into prison. The following day, three (3) activists,
including one from AL, where the victims of targeted
arrests by the anti-criminality brigade. Thanks to the
union and political mobilisation, and the action of
our lawyers, Jean-Pascal, Reda, Valentin and
Pierre-Louis escaped immediate appearance in front of
a judge. They have been placed under judicial control
and are forbidden to leave the area until their trial
for “violence against a police officer” and “insult
and rebellion”. This use of police repression on the
part of the State through political and university
institutions is purely and simply vengence against
known student militants who were on the front lines of
the struggle against the CPE. Trial and support
gathering begins on July 19th at the TGI

A call for solidarity

Alternative libertaire is a small organisation with
limited financial ressources. We rely exclusively on
membership dues, subscription to our newspaper and
funds from the Friends of AL. Of course, we get no
subsidies and have no rich benefactors. These trials
wil carry a financial cost. The only mean AL has to
face these attacks is to get an helping hand from all
good-willed people, whether or not they agree with our
politics, but who are ready to be in solidarity
against repression.

How to help us?

* By publishing and circulating this appeal, if you
have a web site or a
press organ;

* By sending a check made out to SIA with “Solidarité
répression” written on the back and send to
Alternative libertaire, BP 295, 75921 PARIS Cedex 19.

Be sure that we will thank all those who answer our

Coordination fédérale d’Alternative libertaire, June
10th 2006

[Translated by NEFAC.]

Collectif anarchiste La Nuit (NEFAC-Québec)
a/s Groupe Émile-Henry
C.P. 55051, 138 St-Vallier Ouest
Québec (Qc), G1K 1J0

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