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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - 1 st May: For Le Pen protection for other repression ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 9 May 2020 10:26:13 +0300


This Friday took place on January 1 st May in an atmosphere ever seen. Private large gatherings which traditionally commemorate the struggles of the workers' movement and their international character. The social movement has shown ingenuity in the multiple forms of mobilization all over the world. While in the Paris region gatherings were prohibited by the police, the National Rally was able to hold its usual ceremony in front of the statue of Joan of Arc. ---- In France, all demonstrations, even minor, were prohibited. If many people have chosen to show their convictions via different alternative forms (banners, signs, collages, virtual demo etc.), some have nevertheless tried to come together physically (keeping the physical distance in force !), in several dozen cities. This was the case on Place de la République in Paris and in many other cities as well (Aix-en-Provence, Guingamp ...). In Montreuil (93), a general assembly of residents and residents had chosen a collective public appearance to which the UCL joined. Police prevented him. Earlier, the city's People's Solidarity Brigade organized a free vegetable distribution: it was interrupted and dispersed by the police, with fines.

However, it seems that once again this unleashing of security has been differentiated: at the same time, in the bourgeois districts of Paris, Marine Le Pen and his sidekick Jordan Bardella were free. They officially paid the traditional homage to Joan of Arc so dear to the entire French far right. There, no batons, no fines. The duo was able to quietly hold their ceremony under the watchful eye of protective plainclothes police and BFM-TV cameras. Thus on the one hand, the free distribution of food is prohibited and repressed, on the other the parades of the extreme right are authorized, filmed, protected.

If necessary, here is further proof of the public benevolence displayed by the public authorities towards the far right. Because we do not imagine for a single second that Mr. Castaner and his minion, Mr. Lallement, could not have been upstream of this staging performed in defiance of the rules of confinement. However, how can we be surprised, when the government reaffirms its authoritarian drift every day, and its police in the working-class districts put into action the slogans of the far right without being worried ?

This differentiated treatment between the " first of the rope " and the most precarious, young people from working-class neighborhoods at the head, between the social movement and the xenophobes, on the contrary reinforces our determination, our motivation to organize in action class solidarity and self-defense popular in this crisis.

The libertarian communist union reaffirms its solidarity alongside those who fight and suffer state repression and fascist attacks. Bad days will end !

The UCL anti-fascist commission on May 4, 2020

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?1er-mai-Pour-Le-Pen-la-protection-pour-les-autres-la-repression
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