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(en) France: Alternative Libertaire statement - "Police violence: We want the truth!" [fr]

Date Fri, 24 Mar 2006 16:10:05 +0200

At the end of the Paris demonstration against the CPE on 18th March, Cyril
Ferez, a militant of the SUD-PTT [grassroots trade union] was violently beaten
by the CRS [French riot cops]. He is currently lying in a coma in a critical
condition. There must be light on this disgraceful action by the police. During
the confrontations on Place de la Nation on Saturday evening, Cyril was grabbed
during a charge and was trampled on by the police. According to several
witnesses he was also batonned by the CRS.
After a weekend of silence on this matter, a government source stated: "this is
about a guy stuffed with two grammes of alcohol in his blood, who either hit
himself off something or was accidently hit during the clashes" (Libération,
21st March 2006). At a time when Cyril is in an extremely worrying state, this
declaration is simply scandalous and insulting. His state of intoxication, if
proved to be correct, does not justify in any way the disgraceful behavior of
the CRS. This is not just an insignificant accident that happened to a man who
is supposed to have drunk a little too much, as the police, police unions and
certain government-controlled media would have us believe. It must be
remembered that the CRS took all the time in the world before calling for
medical help and that the Prefecture had announced that there were no serious
injuries during the clashes in Place de la Nation.

Alternative Libertaire supports the steps taken by the SUD-PTT so that there
can be justice in this case. We offer our friendship to his family, comrades
and colleagues. Police violence will stir up the revolt against this merciless
government whose only response to the concerns of young people is the

Alternative Libertaire,
23rd March 2006

Translation by Anarkismo.net

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