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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL n° special - Night stand: Ups and debates (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:25:11 +0300

democratic reappropriation of public space for some dreamy idealism or outright threat to the Republic for others, the movement citizenist Night standing did not actually weighed in the movement against the Labour Law. But locally, it could hold some surprises. ---- The call for a "night stand" in Paris on March 31, was launched by the Journal of François Ruffin, Fakir: after the demonstration, it is not going home, and the street is occupied. A few days later, the idea had spread - very unevenly - in France, the occupation of places showing real potential for opening up of components of the social movement. ---- The refusal of political union or labeling has opened the door to people with little or no activists and unaffiliated, who came there to share their anger. In addition, the general spirit horizontalist the unanimous rejection of the spokesmen and elected officials, have fueled some interesting critical discussion on parliamentarism and state. This has locally led to spectacular actions, collectively decided and implemented in stride: "We'll take a drink in Valls? Let's go! Let's go ! "

String of monologues

But standing Night is not everything. First, the continuing occupation, including at night, remains out of reach for most wage earners and demand a lot of energy for others, besides police harassment, including Paris, was expensive and tiring.

A lot of people went to stand Night Paris came away pretty disappointed with the impression of having witnessed an endless succession of monologues, a statutory declaration, rants, poems ... It was far concrete discussions can born in assemblies of companies or facs in struggle, where participants share an environment and common interests. In short, where there are issues.

We say that this was the consequence of character "ground out" Night Paris standing with curious from all over, but without real cement. It is generally in the thematic committees (general strike, action, social work ...) and interesting things have happened.

In terms of opportunities, sorrowful souls regretted that after so much discussion, no platform specific demands emerges; but that was trying to turn Night standing with a current political program, that by definition it could not be.

However, in a rather pragmatic, a number of associations, unions, political groups (or somewhat esoteric ...) saw standing in Night unprecedented agora to present and disseminate ideas.

Include wants? Uh ...

Outside these limits, this form also showed ambivalence. In some cities, the principle of inclusiveness was such that, for example, masculinist, conspiracy, soraliens and other nationalists have relied on their right to speak, just as feminists, LGBTQ or undocumented.

Night Stand has actually highlighted and brought the voice of a movement that is defined only by its single "citizenship" - empty, abstract form - and is reluctant to recognize that society is riven by class divisions and inequalities structural between men and women and between "White hes" and racialized es. Hence the tendency to get lost in the democratic formalism, to thoroughly detail the optimal rules of the discussion, comparing the virtues of the draw and those of the agora, seeking to prioritize the principles of a new project Constitution - that the government would be expected to adopt willingly!

With few exceptions - especially when night-deboutistes contingents have provided support to union members on blocking actions - the wave of Nights standing has not played a big role in the opposition to Labour Law. It will however have the merit of offering a space of plural discussions that attests to a real appetite for change, and that will have enabled people hitherto non-activists to approach the collective struggle.

Marco (U 92)

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