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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #235 - Thirty years after the march against racism: How many divisions yet? (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:06:32 +0200


The events of November 30 and December 7 are failures in terms of mobilization. The anti-racist movement seems to be an impasse. At issue: a heterogeneous anti-racist movement and the current weakness of an independent speech and protest direct victims of racism in France. ---- Thirty years marches against racism and for equality were a good opportunity to raise debate and bring up to day of fighting that left government would store the radius of old memories. ---- For organizers and organizers of the anti-racism demonstration in Paris on December 7, it was not to be confined to a commemoration, but to highlight the news of the battle initiated by the marchers 1983 and give it a new breath. Hundred and twenty collectives, associations, political organizations, as well as union Solidarity, called down the street that day. However, there was little more than 1 500 to 2 000 people to answer their call.

A week earlier, on November 30, a large number of organizations, some of which were in the initiative December 7, called to mobilize in the streets to denounce humanist accents and Republican racism in general and racist insults that the extreme right has propagated for months against the Minister of Justice. Three to four thousand people took to the streets then.

Fragmentation of struggles

While the extreme right and the government parties, the main vectors of xenophobia and racism, continue to multiply provocative statements and hatred against Roma, undocumented and Muslim and Muslim mobilization antiracist has never been so low.

Neither protest and offensive racism that is expressed on December 7, nor more consensual and claiming more inclusive, which beat the pavement on November 30, are able to raise awareness beyond activist circles. That antiracist posted their divisions is by no means a scoop, because they have always existed. What is new is that the differences in speech as in practice result in a fragmentation of struggles and organizations that carry them. And this responsibility is shared. In claiming the Republic, the initiators and initiators of the demonstration of 30 knew they cut a significant organizations for whom this reference is at best cumbersome and at worst unacceptable number.

No convergence

By refusing the principle of true convergence between antiracist demonstration and protest of unemployed workers and precarious December 7, organizers and organizers of the anti-racism demonstration on that day were private-es a symbol that would have time.

Although these demonstrations can not be seen as negative in itself, the small number of protesters and demonstrators and forms fallback cultivated by each prohibits momentum to give a truly meaningful hearing antiracist struggle.

In 1983, self-organization and claims brought by young immigrant-es-es revolted by racist violence that overshadow the very sharp differences sometimes between traditional anti-racist associations, neighborhood associations, left and extreme left. It is the lack of such a word at once autonomous, protest, and unifying principle carrier of hope which is currently lacking, while the government is preparing to legislate on the right of residence for immigrant-es. It might therefore be time to break with the logic that waste.

Esquerre Laurent (Paris AL East)
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