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(en) France, CNT Morbihan*, Pontivy: NO to the security policies at home and abroad (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:37:34 +0200

The CNT (National Confederation of Labour of Morbihan) broadcasts Wednesday, December 21 this leaflet to inform people about the dangers of Pontivy security policy locally speaking through the installation of a system of video surveillance. ---- We wish here, again, alert the public about the excesses of a security video surveillance device. -- The emotional against the rational. ---- The first installations of this type were put in place to prevent acts of terrorism or serious crime. Gradually the spectrum has broadened and we are now to justify the fight against antisocial behavior in youth alcohol and since it's still a bit light, we use the tragic murder of a young woman, as if one could characterize as exceptional cases of delinquency on any one territory. There again use emotions against a rational approach.

What mean "safe"?

Safe ideology should not be confused with "security." In fact, under the banner of security, a concept of the general population as potentially delinquent. Thus, for "precautionary principle", it monitors the population, the plug, the control ... short we flique everyone.

The avowed aim is to fight against crime. Now, for the most part, crime has sociological origins of complex social and cultural poverty, and the dominant ideology based on competition and violence are to many. The cameras are then dressing like a fig leaf is applied to a tumor.

So much power, "blabla" and that public money is invested to do nothing against the real insecurities: work precarious and / or underpaid, time and working conditions even more catastrophic, layoffs, housing difficulties and finish the month, then sold off and privatized health, gap between rich and poor ever more yawning, xenophobic political and / or racist ...

In response, we say:

The first of the securities,
it is freedom justice and social equality!

When will the fight against white collar crime?

And what about this crime we want to fight? Crime is almost always the poor.
When will the fight against white collar crime? Against the illegitimacy of those who rule against us to fill the belly, against a bourgeoisie that fattens handsomely on the backs of workers ... " Ah yes, but it is legal , "they tell us.

How can one not make a difference in scale between a boss who earns 1000 times the salary of a worker and a car thief?

Those who want to see us as criminals in power sweep first before their doors, after we'll see.

We would like to see the money spent in this kind of device go to the players in the social and cultural activities for the long term.

The results of such actions will not be visible immediately, perhaps after the next municipal elections. But we find that there is not enough honesty in elected (s) not to give to projects electorally profitable. Pontivy should, like many other cities dominated by so-called "left", be the place of resistance to the "all-safe" and propose alternative projects.

This would allow both to affirm the denial government policy to support the other municipalities that do not yield the eyes and clarify the intentions of the population of a real left opposition.


Our opposition is first on the bottom line, but the form the project is equally absurd.
First, the effectiveness of video surveillance to reduce delinquency is largely controversial. The British reports in this area speak for themselves: one effect is the displacement of crime. This has also been admitted by the police of Pontivy in their diagnosis City Council, to quote a phrase quite illustrative: " Yes, there is a shift. But you must know, what you want, it's a safe city center, right? "(sic). This will surely please the population of outlying areas.

For a drop in crime should be multiplied by one hundred the number of cameras. The gear is vicious.

If not, how it would justify a municipality to withdraw cameras that cost a substantial sum, which would show an error of strategy rather embarrassing? So we object to the alibi put forward by the municipality: it claims to do a test and, " if it finds it inefficient remove the cameras . " Hypocrisy for the sole conscience of the elect.

We reject the media hype of those who have an interest to focus all our misfortunes against ourselves (rulers, bosses, cops ,...). It is only common sense to a scarecrow. We can make the process of moral acts of rudeness and / or petty crimes without trial of the system that creates for much: an unjust system, inequality and ever more draconian.
We recognize that this implies much broader struggle to build a societal project finally truly emancipatory. We find that it is not through those who govern us that we can make a difference.

We can not rely on ourselves, we must organize at the grassroots. Let us further infantilizing or disempower through security policies.

These walls, we abattrons by taking over our lives, and this is the fight!

CNT56 (Union of Workers of Morbihan).
Contact: cnt-pontivy@mailoo.org
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