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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #280 - Papyart (libertarian serigraph): " It has become vital that transport be free " (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:01:57 +0200

Papyart is a serigraph and militant Libertarian lyonnais who stood out in the 1970s for the protection of the district of Croix-Rousse which was to be transformed into a business district. Among other things, he advocates for free access to public transport. The latest anti-fraud campaign of the Lyons Public Transport (TCL) shows users as criminals and solidarity as a crime (150 euros of fines for the donation of a transport ticket still valid). In response, Papyart is preparing an exhibition of the posters of the struggle for free transport in Lyon. ---- Libertarian alternative: Can you explain to us how and when began your commitment for free transport in Lyon ? ---- Papyart: My commitment actually began with the struggle for " cycle paths in Lyon " in the years 1975-1976. Indeed, at that time, the bikes were very unhealthy seen because according to the authorities, they hindered the traffic. Cyclists were accepted only for the Tour de France ! Recreational cycling, like MTB did not exist and even at the Tête d'Or Park, it was forbidden to ride a bike ! The privileged means of transport was the car, the mayor, Louis Pradel, and his team swore by the fast lanes, the hoppers and his best achievement was undoubtedly to lead the highway in front of Perrache station.

When I was 17, I went to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit the large squatter area of Christiana and there I discovered the thousands of bikes in the city center. It was a shock and, as soon as I got back, I participated in the production of silkscreen posters to demand bike paths. In different eco-libertarian groups, it was the era of the anti-nuclear maneuvers and the militants were less dogmatic. There was a silkscreen shop in the historic Horace Cardon building on rue Mercière. The first poster calling for a demo in June was on the premises of the Militia Action and Resistance Group (GARM). 75, was printed and signed by Friends of the Earth !

What actions have been taken ?

At the same time, the popular committee of the Croix-Rousse made a large-format wall newspaper, screen printed and stuck on the walls of the neighborhood. A fight was waged to demand a metro station at Croix-Paquet, which the TCL wanted to zap for profitability and speed, it was the time of the new metro. On this occasion, the population mobilized much especially the old ones who had known " the string to two cents "A super convenient tram that passed Rue Terme to go up the slopes to the plateau and that the mayor, Pradel, had deleted early in his term. Subsequently, the idea of free transport appeared in many claims, even in the program of a political group in vogue at the time, the PSU. The libertarians on rue Pierre-Blanc started making posters and then stickers, I printed some in a company where I worked, others did in offset, agitation began ! In 1988, the libertarian communist organization (OCL) of Lyon calls for a boycott of the ticket following the passage to 7 francs, the fines rain down ! In 1993, it was the " precarious unemployed committee Which takes over to demand free transport, TCL agencies are invaded. At the beginning of 2000, unions took up the idea of free, that's the time when some cities put it up.

In your opinion, why is free transport desirable ? Can public transit really be free ?

Yes, it is better to talk about the free use of public transport because there is always someone who pays the operating costs ; we see it with the participation of employers who cover 50% of the cost of the subscription of their employees. Other sources of funding are possible. Social college researchers battalions have been laying out entire shelves on this topic since time ! In the interest of public health, today with pollution, it has become vital that transport be free. In the field of management, TCL ticketing must cost them a fortune in machines and controls, they might save money !

What are your reactions to the latest anti-fraud campaign conducted by the TCL ?

I thought it was an up-to-date campaign, threatening and aggressive, and stupidly moralistic. Resume the visuals of the movie Usual Suspect, it's funny for hypsters moviegoers, unlike the " threat of custody " it always terrorizes the poorest, those who have nothing, no social worker to give them tickets, no bikes to get around, no boss who takes charge of the subscription. That's why I decided to react by doing this exhibition on past struggles, to show that the revolutionaries also make good communication, but human !

Tell us about your exhibition. How is the struggle for free education still relevant ?

It will be a poster exhibition of the XX th century on the theme of the struggle for " free transport ". They come from different sources. A majority was printed in Lyon, notament screen printing stickers with the famous slogan " Your ticket can still be used, give it to someone who goes " published for the 1 st time in 1978 and then taken by multiple groups decades following !

This is partly the message that was targeted in the last advertising campaign with the threat of a fine ! Social networks have reacted massively, some have diverted with talent posters. My exhibition could be an opportunity to discuss the graphic responses to consider when we are in front of these moralizing pubs, which come regularly dirty our mornings.

Interviewed by Julien I. (AL Lyon)

The exhibition Papyart "Free Transportation" will take place in March at 37 rue de Burdeau, in the 1 st district of Lyon. Exhibition opening Thursday 1 st March to 19 hours.

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