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(en) France, For Christmas I wanted snow, not oil * (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:55:20 +0200

* Slogan painted the night from Friday to Saturday by one or a limited liability on the hull of the ship failed ---- Narrative of the event ---- Saturday afternoon, drive to Etel to denounce the aberrations of shipping, pillar of the movement of goods within the framework of capitalism, and to show our anger at the grounding of the cargo ship flying the Maltese flag. A flag of convenience among the others. France has its own, not what a lesson! ---- The posters of the anarchist federation in 2000 published at the time of the sinking of the Erika, "logic of profit logic of death," came out. Nothing has changed?
At the time, we cried revolution, given the carelessness of capitalism and the state, we put forward the self ... The idea did not. So the same causes produce the same effects.

Not yet arrived at the scene of the gathering, at the roadside, men dressed in khaki and yellow jackets are weapons ... Hunters in beaten! A few miles away, a huge vessel is leaking fuel into the sea and the beach. Can not be returned to sea, it will take several months to dismantle the tens of thousands of tons of metal ... And humans are still tracking down the few remaining wild mammals in the small wood next to ... Pffff!

It's nice. In the town of Etel, among dozens of people already present, a few familiar faces ... Activists and environmental activists, left. The friends of the libertarian group that were able to come available. Black flags are out, strollers for children too. We share this sense of Léo Ferré, "I always prefer the black flag to wave in black dress."

We are now nearly 400 from a procession towards the bar Etel, where the boat. We leave the megaphone, the chants from time to time, "capitalism: it kills, it stinks and it pollutes", "Fukushima irradiated Erdeven oil, it is capitalism that must be eliminated", "it is not need to expel immigrants, but capitalism and the authorities' ... Thanks to popular mobilizations, Erdeven has escaped a nuclear power plant in 1975 , with the extraction of marine aggregates by Lafarge Cement in 2009 ... The People of the dunes can react. However, in 1999-2000, the beaches were polluted by oil from the Erika. In 2011, the oil again, albeit in smaller quantities, but the ship spreads (junk?) Will remain immobilized on the beach during a packet time ...

As we walk, as in a movie of anticipation, or in a comic drama, the top of the cargo failed arises over the dunes ... Strange, it seems to be false, he added. But no one approaches, it is real: horror! A police helicopter flies over the course, probably we heartily filming ...

There are other protesters on the beach and is a half thousand people converging on the metal mass agitated when some men in white, personal cleaning.

While in principle had been negotiated by the Prefect, permission to write "Merry Christmas, the arma-killers" on the hull is denied to us. The first row of gendarmes (not aggressive or helmets ... but still!) In our way. Negotiations / procrastination are held with the chief of police. The Prefect has broken his word ... (From "the authority devolved from the State" (as it's called!), Are surprised those who want to be ...).
We mass before this hedge. The cops also discuss with us. They know that the process is peaceful ... It drags a bit. Slogans fuse intermittently. A second row of gendarmes is set up, then a third. It's been an hour hanging around there, we know that can not leave us not pass. It's cold at the seaside families have already decamped. It was decided to force the first hurdle quietly. A sort of rugby scrum is formed, no blows, the second line of gendarmes reinforces the first. They contain. As a winger, a friend, black flag in hand, trying one out, skimming the waves. He is caught, even falling in the water! For all we have seen, it seems that the cops have just had our earlier attempt to force the dam, without too excited, others younger, we were unceremoniously pushed the gas to reach of hand. It will not be used, or batons ... fortunately!

The boyfriend was arrested released after 10 minutes by another way. The police have even said "you are right to do what you do" ... ! This is reminiscent of a sketch of Coluche:
In a dictatorship, "a cop asks a passerby:
- What do you think, you?
- Well, just like you!
- I arrest you then! "

It is nevertheless remarkable that there is no state authority to prevent a huge and old boat to the sea from the port of Lorient, while a powerful storm rages ... However, the state found the use of his legal force to detain protesters who wanted to just make a tag on the hull ...
And it is surprising that one is an anarchist!
We would also like the bill for this mobilization of forces gendarmesques be sent to private groups charterer of the vessel and / or to the owner ... But, do not we tell stories, it is the community that will assume these costs

An investigation will be conducted to determine the chain of responsibility. The captain apparently sole master on board, under the Act. The Maritime Authority is not able to stop him from leaving ... It remains to see if he did not order the owner (based in Turkey) or charterer who wanted her cargo is quickly recovered. Is that the rotation of capital is Expedited in the early twenty-first century.

Politicians talk to legislate more drastically. Is not it common sense that should have to ensure that the ship is in port? But the logic of profit sits on common sense.

In self-managed society, without classes or state, because there would be no capital to accumulate, much of the production / consumption would be relocated and goods-gadgets not even made! Maritime freight transport would be reduced.
Moreover, it would be over the private ownership of ships and cargoes: the common good of humanity.
The ships would be ordered only by the group of sailors in self-management, who work and ensure their reliability ...

Meanwhile the revolutionary break, we advocate the union control of ships, to international standards set by workers' organizations submarines and the recovery of shipping by the public (security, ecology, working conditions ...).
Thank you to J and RJ for photos:

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