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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL Montpellier press release: The eight most liberticidal measures in the state of health emergency law (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 1 May 2020 09:16:03 +0300

To fight the COVID-19 epidemic that we are going through, important sanitary measures, including social distancing are necessary. Claiming to respond to it in the strongest possible way, the government has instituted a state of health emergency. If certain measures may seem inspired by common sense, the others are simply liberticide, allowing under cover of fight against the epidemic a turn of liberticide and reactionary screw which we fear the perpetuation at the exit of confinement. ---- Here are a few: ---- Major restrictions on the right to travel ---- In the absence of masks and tests, there is a sanitary logic to never go out and to practice maximum social distancing. However, containment takes on an extremely repressive dimension which other countries have not adopted. Rather than the good will of the population, the main tool for respecting confinement is police repression accompanied by a mass denouncement movement. Police violence has increased with, at the time of writing, five deaths during confinement checks. In addition, the respect for confinement has a racist dimension with a severe severity in the popular suburbs and a laxity in the beautiful districts like in Paris where the prefect Lallement allows to hold a fundamentalist Catholic mass in disregard of the health instructions.

Major breaches of labor law
The state of emergency law offers the employer the possibility of unilaterally limiting leave and RTT, modifying schedules, and increasing working time up to 60 hours per week. In a state of emergency called to last the labor code was sprayed " temporarily ". If MEDEF no longer requests an increase in working time, it is because in reality it has already won on this point.

Prohibition of gatherings and demonstrations
It means that the means of protest that we know and that we usually use are currently prohibited ... If in the context of containment, these measures may seem relevant, it is sure that during deconfinement, they will be used to gag all the opposition to the pro-employer and liberticide policies of the government.

Closure of establishments welcoming the public
It includes the physical offices of numerous associations helping victims of conjugal violence, family planning, foster homes, child welfare structures. In terms of the protection of women victims of violence, it is a disaster even when at the same time confinement results in a significant increase in domestic violence. The associations are struggling to continue monitoring the situations for which they are responsible.

In addition, without the existence of places to socialize, women who suffer violence in the home no longer have refuge, the possibility of talking to someone, the simple possibility of leaving the home for a few hours ... domestic violence is staying home. Already, in normal times, it is difficult to get out of these situations, to break the silence, to expose violence in broad daylight. Confinement has the effect of exacerbating the phenomenon of in camera and omerta.

Reduced access to abortion
The deadlines for abortions remained the same (12 weeks) despite the difficulties in accessing services providing abortion. Many structures performing abortion outside the hospital have closed their doors (caregiver or insufficient material faults such as hydro-alcoholic masks and gels). On the hospital side, the slots reserved for abortions in operating theaters have been purely and simply eliminated, which therefore removes the possibility of abortion under general anesthesia.

Border closure
This implies that people who are forced to flee their country for political, economic reasons, to save their lives, can no longer do so. The migrants who nevertheless managed to cross the Mediterranean are faced with a hermetically sealed Europe. There is only one lifeboat left in the Mediterranean and she is refused entry to all European ports. The situation was already dramatic before, the epidemic leading to a total closure of the borders, made it even worse.

In prison, worsening conditions of detention
Prison in normal times is already an area of exception and restriction of liberties. We are witnessing, in this exceptional period, the elimination of all the small spaces of freedom and pleasure that may exist for a prisoner.

Abolition of visiting rooms with the family
Delete activities
Suppression of walks
Exceptional functioning of justice
and violation of the rights of the defense
Prescription suspended: the duration of the state of health emergency counts for butter, and this time does not elapse to prosecute people, condemn them and have their sentence executed.
The lawyer on the phone in police custody ! as much to say that it will be difficult to ensure the confidentiality of interviews with the lawyer ! A witness to the behavior of the cops during the police custody which disappears.
Criminal justice rendered out of sight expeditiously legalized by the measures authorizing the restriction of the publicity of the hearings and the systematic use of video-hearing:
Detainees presumed innocent may be temporarily imprisoned longer
Hearings authorizing the deprivation of liberty of foreigners in a detention center and of patients in a psychiatric hospital, without their presence at the hearing, or even by telephone.
UCL Montpelier Group, April 27, 2020

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