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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #244 - FN congress in Lyon: Social Front against the National Fronty version (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:29:47 +0200

The FN congress held on 29 and 30 November in Lyon. As for the anti-fascist forces, the mobilization is required: an event as well as discussions and workshops are scheduled in Lyon. The challenge is clear that the far-right ideas must be fought relentlessly. ---- The anti-fascist front that recreates now faces an eminently more dangerous period than in the years 1980-1990, had led to the establishment of networks Scalp-No Pasaran Ras and the Front. The FN is now a must-electoral force, the Ides of March, and the ultra networks (of soraliens-dieudonnistes to identity and fascists of all stripes) manage to get some response. In response, after the disintegration of anti-fascism organized in the early 2000s, we still move forward with measured steps, although the path is now engaged. It took nearly ten years for the anti-fascist movement of the 1990s managed to organize mass mobilizations like the demonstration against the FN congress in Strasbourg in March 1997, which had gathered nearly 50 000 people and contributed to weaken the fascist party. We are far from hope to succeed today such an initiative. So far we are not exactly at the zero point.

Rebuilding a movement against the extreme right

The mobilizations in June 2013 and 2014 following the assassination of Clement Meric, multiplication collective local antifascists (the realities and varied strengths contours), strengthening the Visa association and gradual structuring of Conex, but also week "Marseille against the extreme right" organized at the FN summer school in Marseille in September 2013 as antifascist weekend programmed against the FN congress in Lyon in November are characteristic of this period of reconstruction. In this process, local public have an important role to play. Diverse in their areas and their structuring, the collective now in dire need of coordination. Cartels organizations or groups of individuals, some can be firmly established and long, others, among the most recent, struggling to settle into the landscape. Each group is now referred to its local reality, producing its own response equipment, and most of the time, finds himself confined to the reaction piecemeal. But the lack of coordination - it is about strengthening asap! - Also results in difficulty conducting substantive discussions, although it expressed differing opinions or even confrontations would think collectively and strategically antifascist action at the national level.

Strategically precisely, the first obstacle to overcome in this reconstruction / ongoing redefinition of the anti-fascist movement is to affirm that the fracture does not occur between radical anti-fascism and anti-fascism mass. For Libertarian Alternative, anger that may exist at the emergence of the extreme right must be expressed: it helps dispel the trivialisation of the extreme right and its ideas, sitting by the mainstream media as well as by government parties as a whole. However, this anger may be expressed differently. Thus, at the end of November protest against the FN congress, there should be no break between supporters fellow radical actions and those wishing to "only" cycle. This positioning, this "diversity of tactics" Libertarian Alternative proposed to (x) group (s) of organization to share and take concrete (possible organization of legal and medical teams for example).

Against isolation for class solidarity

Alternative libertarian decided at its last federal coordination, to the success of the anti-fascist demonstration in Lyon a priority, pledging wherever possible in the unit managers who will this mobilization. At this event, we also offer our partners and anti-capitalist libertarians structuring a wide pole in the event, in which each procession would fit without dissolving it. And anti-capitalists appear united and speak with one voice against the fascist party and the extreme right. A voice that must be heard because she reasons of struggle and class solidarity of words, strike, self ...

Especially at the occasion of the mobilization against the FN congresses, forums are also planned. They can be an opportunity to defend social fascism as an alternative to Republican fascism, which too often appears as the only bulwark against the rise of the FN. By anti-fascism "republican" We particularly aim delusion of believing that an electoral force to the left of the left would be able to slow the progression of the FN. This is the explicit strategic choice of mélenchoniste left and the PCF. It's also an idea that lives heads many activists, not necessarily Inserted es but polarized es by this strategy. Beyond the general discourse on the "abstention raises the FN" part of this Republican strategy that refers to the voting booth - and isolation - the anti-fascist struggle.

For social fascism

Must still fleshing out this social fascism. If we consider the truly most disturbing period, we must then go beyond what our habits activists support us to implement. This is not to deprive yourself to do what we know how to do what we have learned over many years of practical struggles: organize events, collages, tractages, arguments and make sure - as possible - a physical presence at the extreme right. Facing the fascist temptation and extent of the penetration of far-right ideas, we must regain ground. The "simple" propaganda and piecemeal responses will not suffice, although these aspects are necessary. The physical market presence at the scene of life and popular sociability are a necessity. Not just to give a speech there might appear to be outside but to demonstrate and embody our commitments and mutual aid and solidarity values. Union action that we can develop our workplaces, social struggles that we contribute to animate on different fronts (housing, racism ...) can contribute and this is of course that we need to talk and that must first be known.

The united campaign "Uni-es against the extreme right" carried by the CGT, FSU and Solidaires is too "centralized", even if local initiatives have existed. The responsibility of revolutionary militants and contribute to decline even more this campaign across departments and local unions as in federations, unions and sections of professional sectors. All attest that unionism remains an essential bulwark against the rise of the extreme right, in its ability to carry out mass struggles and make tangible daily class solidarity. Strengthening the Visa association, establishing local offices, as is the case in the Bouches-du-Rhône, may also participate in this process. The creation of anti-fascist committees in the different unions and different levels of structure is also on the agenda. Do not overlook what a fascist intersyndical work can help in consolidating inter-union and inter-relationships, strong asset for future social struggles. But it is also developing other extra-parliamentary practices. Experiences like those of Crea in Toulouse, the Rotisserie or self-managed canteen Pyrenees in Paris, even if they are still embryonic and limited in this direction. Self-managed sites which may exist in some cities, such as the Spark in Angers, too.

... And extra

We must also keep in mind that if the (too) few experiences we can muster were mostly implemented in the city, it is crucial to find the contours of similar practices in peri-urban and rural areas. Although the modalities of intervention can be even harder to imagine, this is nevertheless a goal which can be discussed in collective militants.

The project is to make possible what is akin to social-run centers, true contemporary labor exchanges, where the most concrete and most basic solidarity is not an empty word. This is also why we must discuss in an anti-fascist movement that seeks to respond most effectively to the resistible rise of the various extreme right. The anchoring of anti-capitalist, anarchist and revolutionary militants in the social movement unionism is a definite asset to ensure that these initiatives remain confined to a pre militant square, and instead turn to the greatest number. Brought in the anti-fascist group in the different unit groups (especially those preparing to mobilize in November in Lyon), these proposals can draw ideological and strategic alternative and counteract legalistic discourse and Republicans while asserting an anti-capitalist position. For it is from our land, the street and the struggles that we will draw the contours of social fascism, mass and class.

Edith Soboul (Federal Secretariat AL)


The initial call to the mobilization of Lyon was launched following the conferences organized by Conex last June. This call, "Uniting and act against the extreme right" is worn by various anti-fascist groups that constitute the Conex but by union structures (Solidarity, federations South Education, South PTT and Responsible students but also CGT unions ...) and supported by political organizations AL.

Libertarian anti-fascist campaign (Claf), whose scope was expanded to the FA, now brings together almost all the libertarian organizations. The CLAF launched a specific call to action of Lyon. A website and a renewed campaign materials should help to strengthen its visibility.

Finally, Syllepse editions have called intellectuals calling in particular that organize anti-fascist Popular universities during the mobilization of Lyon.

Demonstration in Lyon, starting 14h, place Jean-Mace

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