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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - Fire in Rouen: let's get out of pyromaniac capitalism (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 3 Oct 2019 10:15:14 +0300

Following the fire of the Lubrizol factory in Rouen, many questions arise. The inaction and lies of the public authorities are unbearable for local people, while the boss of the plant has been fattening for many years on the backs of workers. An environmental and social reaction of magnitude is essential for this kind of accident is never possible. ---- On September 26, 2019, a fire broke out in the Lubrizol factory. This plant is classified Seveso, which means that it presents a risk of major accident. Soon, a cloud of unknown chemicals formed over the area, and the rain did its job to deposit them on people and buildings.
The exploited, the first victims
Workers are obviously the first to be affected in this type of disaster. Because they may work near chemical substances in the plant, but also because high-risk factories are usually established in popular neighborhoods ! This is the case of this site of the company Lubrizol which is located in the town of Petit-Quevilly, in the agglomeration of Rouen.

Those who are always asked for help, who are always asked to ration themselves, are in fact the first to be exposed to ecological and health problems when they declare themselves. What is the point of making an effort on fuel consumption, which is essential when you live in rural areas, without adequate public transport, if you are at risk of serious illnesses and infirmities following this type of accident ?

A profit race protected by the rulers
The owner of the plant is American billionaire Warren Buffet. The same person who said in 2005 to the CNN TV channel, cynical as well as sincerely convinced and proud of him, "This is my class, the class of the rich, who leads this war, and who is winning it. ". And that's exactly what's happening here. Ensuring the safety of a factory is expensive for this poor billionaire. To increase profits, when we do not care about health and ecology, we can always reduce this margin.

And this, without much risk in case of problems ! Indeed, in 2013, an incident had already occurred in this same factory, resulting in a cloud of Mercaptan on the city. This very serious situation had resulted in a fine for Lubrizol of ... 4000 euros.

In the current situation, we can still see that the powers in place protect the owner of the plant. By not giving the name of the volatilized substances, by minimizing the gravity of the phenomenon, by giving contradictory instructions to the inhabitants ...

Take control of our lives by changing society
It is clear that it is not leaving power to leaders who are all on the side of the bosses that we can take care of our health and our environment ! This is why the ecological question is intimately linked to the social question: already because the exploited are the first victims of ecological disasters, then because capitalism and its frantic search for profits is incompatible with a way of life that keeps our environments livable.

To get out of the infernal spiral of polluted land, our health in danger, global warming and damage to biodiversity, workers must take power. For the capitalists confiscate the popular classes the means of choosing how they consume, how they produce, how they move, and so on. They force them to participate in the destruction of the environment. The Lubrizol plant produces lubricants for cars. But would we even need so many cars if there was adequate public transportation everywhere, a real public transport service, yet being dismantled by the government ?

Conversely, we need a revolution in production methods and lifestyles, which will only pass through a control of production by workers.

Libertarian Communist Union, September 27, 2019

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