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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobre - antirépression, Militarization of the Police: Eye of the Needle (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:22:22 +0200

Pierre Douillard-Lefevre, sociologist and historian, lost an eye following a launcher firing "defense of bullets." In a small book published by Editions du Waterfront, Eye of the Needle, it traces the history of the creation of the French police arsenal in detail the composition, and highlights the growing militarization of the police. ---- In 1995, the Director General of the National Police, Claude Gueant, decided to equip his men with a new weapon: the Flash-Ball gun. The turn is symbolic: the troops fired back at the crowd. In 2002, Sarkozy, Interior Minister, will engage in this shift with enthusiasm and non-lethal weapons will increase. They allow to target a determined protester and implement a highly effective strategy in a hurt to deter thousand.

Tested in a ghost town in the Dordogne and in the peripheries (the poor and non-white constitute the overwhelming majority of serious blessé.es victims of police) or at sporting events, these weapons are designed to a field of Action: revolt. The deployment of men and equipment against social movements is increasingly imposing, even while contesting practices are pacified. The rupture between rulers and ruled-are radicalized, and our leaders are responding by intensifying the violence safe.

Meanwhile, the capitalist logic is grafted on the issue of policing: France, we know, is a major arms sellers countries, lethal and non-lethal ... The field use is a good argument sales and the ability to obtain new orders, a good reason to still massify already colossal equipment.

But the fight is also semantic ... a nod to Klemperer, P. DL offers us a tasty analysis of the term "defense of bullet launcher," a masterpiece of understatement! More broadly, any term calling the police arsenal deployed deny the violence, while conversely, the protestors are diabolisé.es ( "thugs" ...) or réifié.es by the speeches of agents and service their superiors. Moreover, the servile complaisance of politicians who bet on an alliance with the police unions to get (or stay) in power, causes them to adjust their interventions on this paradigm. Rightward and rampant media in recent years using the security doxa to bloom, and the injured are serious-disappearing speeches.

Opening with the death of Remi Fraisse , and a review of the state apparatus immediately set in motion to stifle the political, the text written before the attacks of 13-November and forward movements against the law work, describes the state of chilling picture of the situation today. And ends on the idea that the question is no longer whether new thresholds will be crossed in police violence, but finding how to organize ourselves to resist.

Mélanie (girlfriend AL)

Pierre Douillard-Lefevre, Eye of the Needle - State violence and militarization of the police, 2016, 86 pages, 8 euros.

To go further, please read:

Mathieu Rigouste, Police domination
Their weapons, our mutilé.es! Solidarity with Laurent
Flash-Ball in Notre-Dame-des-Landes: the PS-EELV method
The Testet: Killed by a grenade-called "non-lethal". The struggle continues!

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