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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Clashes on 1 May in Paris (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 05 May 2014 10:20:23 +0300


May 1 to Paris, red and black event did not go as planned, including clashes with riot police. Was this the right time? Was this the right place? To the balance sheet, we can ask. ---- Every 1st May in Paris, a red and black event brings the morning, libertarians and anarcho-syndicalist organizations for a common walk from Place des Fêtes to the point of union of the parade in the afternoon - the Mostly Republic Square, this time instead of the Bastille. ---- This is usually a friendly and inclusive event, welcoming and militant.es sympathisant.es of all ages, with or without papers, with or without children, etc.. Its objective, on the occasion of the international day of struggle that is May 1, is to express anti-capitalist values, antifascist, feminist and self-management. Popular population districts crossed him generally welcome.

It is therefore not an event "confrontational" as it may lead to a series of summits of heads of state, defense of the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes, large strikes or popular. movements

However, this year, a group of manifestant.es tried to make it a time of violent confrontation, smashing windows of bank branches or supermarket. Immediately, the red and black procession is seen surrounded by hordes of riot with helmets, shields, Flash-Ball police, and all the usual paraphernalia repressive. Indiscriminate police brutality then led to clashes with manifestant.es.

In these circumstances, given the friendly and open nature of the event, she could only fall apart. Only a part, ready to face, went to the end of the route decided. Several people were arrested after the event ... It is now time to organize their defense.

Subsequently, many libertarians have joined their union processions, or those of the CNT and the FA tail union parade or organized by the fixed point G on the course. Libertarian alternative currently affected thousands of manifestant.es distributing leaflets anti-capitalist , internationalist and those calling for the Fair to self.

Need a context of social conflict

Ultimately, what is the result of the events of the morning of May 1, 2014?

The riot attempt she had an echo beyond activist circles? No.
A she allowed the dislocation of the red and black event? Yes.
Was she at the final, a good idea? We answer no.
Whether one understands. One can only rejoice in the will to fight a number manifestant.es, and street confrontation not repugnant to us, AL proved repeatedly.

Simply, it must be done when the time is right: a popular ferment, a mass movement, an atmosphere electric conflict. It is this social context that gives street clashes a political sense, otherwise they may be reduced to a show of rebellion "above ground" between convinced. Expose themselves so as isolated repression is to take disproportionate risks with the issue.

This electric social context is non-existent today. Trade unions and anti-capitalist protest held at arm's length, without in any way being overwhelmed by a popular revolt, as shown by the work of 12 April against austerity which, unfortunately, has not taken the turn of event in Spanish or Greek.

This does not mean that in six months we will not have a real social revolt. Manuel Valls employs consistently. Militant.es revolutionary work there, by their action within organizations of workers and of workers (unions, associations fighting).

But our will to fight must not, by impatience, lead us to-night action which can not, unfortunately, not a substitute for genuine popular revival.

Alternative libertarian Ile-de-France, May 2, 2014

PS: One last word on an attempt to show, but it fairly calculated and ridicule from the Strass, a pro-prostitution lobby who tried for several years to infiltrate the women's movement under the guise of "freedom of women."

Thierry Schaffauser, actor and former X Green candidate in municipal Paris 16th 2008, accompanied by his henchmen, did some scandal around the fixed point G shouting "AL is war," claiming that it was " antipute " . He shoved a militant snatching his tracts, probably hoping a violent reaction. The man drew a blank: instruit.es methods of Strass, the militant.es AL did not see fit to overreact.

For the benefit of the left who, in good faith, is subdued or intimidated by the noise of Strass, remember that extreme movement the AL position is clear :

Of indépendant.es prostitué.es say "proud to be whores"? We do not contradict.
But we can not, on behalf of the particularism accept "market liberalization" for the sole benefit of the pimp system, which concerns 85% of prostitué.es.
by AL 93 , AL Montreuil , Paris AL East , AL Paris-Sud , Saint-Denis AL
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