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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL press release: Distribution of masks: to everyone according to their needs! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 15 May 2020 08:48:21 +0300

Clearly, the deconfinement will be just as unequal as the confinement: the wearing of the mask will be made compulsory in many cases, but the masks will not be free. They will even severely burden the budget of low-income families. It is still the sacrosanct law of the market that will prevail! For UCL, this demonstrates once again the need for socializing the production of medical and prevention equipment, and its free and regulated distribution, according to the needs of each and everyone. ---- Several cities such as Paris, Nice, Bordeaux and even Lyon want to impose the wearing of masks throughout public space. In the Paris region, it will be 135 euros fine for not wearing the mask in public transport.
Now a mask should cost between 3 and 5 euros, we are told for fabric masks. Those in paper should be sold around 1 euro. Each mask can only be worn for four hours straight. And it is recommended to throw away the cloth masks after 5 to 10 washes. This represents an additional cost for many precarious workers who already could not finish the month. You will have to buy masks for yourself, masks for children. And what about migrants, the homeless? Complicated maintenance

Beyond this cost, it will also be a question of washing. The Afnor and ANSM advocate a machine wash thirty minutes at 60 ° C, followed by rapid drying and ironing steam at 120 ° C. Suffice to say that this requires having a machine, a dryer and an iron. And yet many and many are those who have neither the means nor the space to have the full panoply.

For the precarious, the homeless or the migrants, protecting themselves will be complex. It is feared that the masks will be worn several times without being washed. Less to protect yourself from the virus than to avoid a fine. However, the INRS tells us that the risk of respiratory infection is greater when wearing a fabric mask than when wearing a surgical mask. Beyond the coronavirus, it is germs, fungi and other viruses that will develop in masks.

cc Coburn Dukehart
The law of the jungle
Some local authorities have promised distributions of free masks, but have come up against the harsh reality: the country's productive capacities have been so reduced by relocation and site closings, such as that of Plaintel (Côtes-d'Armor) that this basic and essential equipment has become exceedingly difficult to find.

It is the rat race on the world market and even the competition between the State and the local communities! The black market explodes. Convoys are pointed, like that of 200,000 masks intended for several Ile-de-France municipalities, on May 7 in Spain.

For UCL, the best remedy for the law of the jungle is socialization under the control of workers, and the relocation, within this framework, of productive capacities without which all autonomy is illusory. And the only remedy for the law of money is distribution, free and regulated, to the population.

From each according to his means, to each according to his needs!

Libertarian Communist Union, May 9, 2020

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