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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL n° special - North: Bureaucracy divides us, action unites us! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:31:24 +0300

In the North, the UD CGT, in cahoots with the prefecture to avoid "excesses", was shaken by the activist base, revolted her by police violence. ---- In late February, at the meeting of the departmental committee CGT North end of February, the audience had risen against the proposed El Khomri law. On everyone's lips: "We'll let go! "At that time loomed the March 9, citizen appeal outside the unions, but encountered a growing echo on the Internet. In departmental committee it was decided to enroll ... especially the idea that the CGT could not be absent if it would work. ---- And in fact, bingo, March 9 is a pleasant surprise: the crowd is waiting for you, and unions and UL in the region have not pretended to mobilize! We take hope. ---- Not to let off steam in the meantime the national day of action on March 31, an intermediate demonstration is organized in Douai, in support of the comrades of Goodyear and Air France victims of repression. Other dates follow, for example on Valenciennes.

After the relative success of the day of 31 March, the demonstrations quickly take the form of blocking actions, with the slogan "blocking the economy." Although they have not brought down the capitalist system, these actions will have at least helped to maintain the agitation and avoid discouragement which had suffered for pensions in 2010. But, in parallel, there is concern with that even if 70% of the population is against the law, mass is not really in the street. Some union will advance to feel good, if people do not come to protest, "it is the fault of thugs." Of course, why not. It mostly avoids challenging. It is reinforced in the idea that the CGT, "we're the best, the strongest."

But in reality, the demonstrations are going well. Between Inter, night stand and the anti-capitalist pole (libertarians, antifa, autonomous, CNT ...), cohesion is good, the unit smoothly.

In connivance with the prefect and RG

Everything goes well until some secretaries UL and UD, in collusion with the prefect and the RG, are striving to blow this cohesion. On April 22, a first release of North UD condemned the "degradation" charged to the rebellious youth that populates the demonstrations. immediate wrath of the CGT base that requires that it is the police violence that are condemned. Five days later, the UD is obliged to obey: his statement of April 27 speaks only of police violence in Lille and Tourcoing Hazebrouck.

After that slap for UD, the prefecture and the police was entitled to a new dirty trick. On May 12, during a demonstration, the security service organized by UD, after removing armbands, facilitates the separation of the demo in two by the CRS. Gassing, clubbing, grenades désencerclement ... is total. And great bitterness.

But these schemes are powerless: the blocking actions, such as the fuel depot of Douchy-les-Mines, enabled the comrades of the base to meet and discuss with libertarian comrades, autonomous, antifa, etc. Bonds were created, and in subsequent demonstrations, we could see trade unions and trade unionists remain near the anti-capitalist pole to protect our youth from the police. Subsequently, solidarity with our comrade Antoine, whose targeted arrests had some impact in the region and at the national level, strengthened the unitary dynamic.

This is one of important things that will remain hot this spring: class solidarity, lively and warm, forged in the struggle.

AL Douai-Valenciennes

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