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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #232 - Roma: The fight does not happen in a day (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:38:25 +0300


Statements made by politicians worthy of the worst time in history, public policy evictions catastrophic for the people: it is urgent that Roma organize collectively to resist with the help of solidarity associations. ---- After Valls said that "these people do not want to integrate" to a slum where a person died in the fire at the camp, this is a centrist mayor regret that Hitler did not finish the job and UMP mayor that would support the murder of a Roma by a fellow angry! Roma will clearly be hostages municipal elections happen. This obliges us to increased vigilance and solidarity. ---- During the summer dozens of slums were crushed. The prefect of the 93 claims to have expelled half of Roma living in the department without specifying that they are still there, a few kilometers away, in more difficult conditions, with families who have lost the support networks, with children who have lost their school, patients who have lost the continuity of care. As with the associations involved in supporting Roma: just with public money wasted in legal fees, police and destruction could immediately stabilize these families in emergency facilities with the minimum necessary dignity.

A deportation policy doomed to failure

Like all waves of immigration, Roma eventually find a place in our country. Others have known slums : Algerian, Moroccan, Italian, Portuguese. Africans have been stifling over-occupied homes unhealthy. And all eventually find their place and install, including those who originally thought to remain only a few years before returning "home ". Deportation policy is doomed to failure and will only delay the integration policy that will one day lead. Meanwhile, the policy of the French government of Sarkozy to Hollande consequences as the explosion of birth of children with disabilities ( not followed pregnancies), the explosion of infectious diseases and severe conditions ( poor sanitation and lack of care pathways ) the explosion of illiteracy ( enrollments in crumbs ). The human and social costs of this blindness is exponential !

After centuries of virtual slavery and decades of Stalinist repression, the Roma do not have a strong political tradition. And slum regularly crushed leave little time to create that solidarity and trusts essential to the emergence of collective struggles of the Roma themselves. Yet this is what some associations work who refuse to be confined to the charity. In Ile-de- France, two events were held in Paris in the first half. In the second we saw Roma capture the sound and an event code.

The solidarity essential for the emergence of autonomous struggles

Late August in Bobigny, families and their supporters have stood collectively to expulsion, blocking the avenue at the entrance of the slum " egg cups " in a face to face with the police noon. Then they crossed the police cordon to take refuge in the hall of the Town Hall where they spent the night calling for a collective alternative accommodation. At the end of next day, the mayor announced that the families could return to the field and finally agreed to "recognize" this slum ( an "official" field and " insertion area " already exist on the town ). As punishment, the prefecture refuses to caravans confiscated.

This collective victory, aided by a history of the land for many years and the total enrollment of children on the site, leading to the establishment of delegates and positive decisions on self site (cleaning, etc.. ). It also shows that it is through the struggles going on the path of integration.

Jean -Yves (AL 93)
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