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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #297 - Essay: Repression, the state faces political challenges (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 5 Oct 2019 09:20:51 +0300

Zadists, trade unionists, students, launchers and whistleblowers, environmental activists, yellow vests, refugees, journalists, anti-capitalist, or simple protesters are more and more frequently and severely affected by repression. Not a day goes by without those who challenge the established order face repression, whether police, judicial or administrative. ---- Beyond this observation, Vanessa Codaccioni's Repression, The State in the Face of Political Challenges , provides a better understanding of the forms that this criminalization of protest can take and examines the logic that is at work in this strategy. government has accelerated since 2016 and the Labor Law. Through five short and lively chapters, the author poses irrevocable conclusions. A double mechanism is reinforced with the stacking of repressive laws, the last one being the one of March 12 and aiming to "maintain order during the demonstrations" .

On the one hand, the State delegitimizes the struggles, depoliticizing them, that is to say by denying the political nature of these actions, particularly (but not only) when they are "violent": the activists become then delinquents or terrorists. The political offense becomes a common law offense, participation in a prohibited event becomes participation in a group to commit violence against property and people. It is thus easier for the state to repress hard not protesters but thugs ... especially since he knows to rely on the mainstream media to relay and maintain this depoliticization.

And in this logic, it is the arsenal police and legal anticriminal and antiterrorist is mobilized, especially in terms of intelligence, surveillance and preventive repression. If the prohibition of demonstrations is the most egregious example, the massive use of anti-crime brigades and brigades of research and intervention - and even the army - in the operations of "policing" is the most concrete translation ... and the most brutal.

Vanessa Codaccioni logically ends her book on the need to fight to make recognize the political motivations of repressed people, pointing nevertheless the risks, in the period, to lead to a "regime of exception" and a specific and no less severe repression ... And - it may be less consensual in some militant circles - she does not forget to point out the dangers of differentiation-prioritization (politics and others) that would stand out from the other victims of the violence of the State, and especially the working class and racialized youth.

FB (UCL Montreuil)

Vanessa Codaccioni, Repression, The State in the face of political challenges , textual editions, April 2019, 96 pages, 12.90 euros.

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