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(en) France, Organisation Communiste Libertarie (OCL) - MOBILIZATION AGAINST LABOR LAW -- Stop repression in Poitiers as elsewhere! by Vanina (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 5 Sep 2017 12:36:42 +0300
A demonstration against the labor law had ended in Poitiers by an action of solidarity
towards railway workers, then on strike: 400 to 600 people had occupied the railway lines
for more than an hour, without degradation. Then repression struck on 11 of them ...
anti-capitalist and / or libertarian sensitivity. ---- In 2016 there was a major
mobilization against labor law throughout France: for more than four months, hundreds of
thousands of people took to the streets and went on strike against the government's plan
to break the labor code. The freedom of demonstration was undermined by a very strong
repression - as the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve himself acknowledged in a
communiqué of 19 June 2016, in which he mentioned 1,800 people arrested on this occasion.
(of which 100 were already tried and convicted immediately in three months). And as a
report by Amnesty International, which recorded 155 demonstrations banned in 18 months,
recalled that "manifesting is a right, not a threat".
In Poitiers, the inter-union CGT-FO-FSU-Solidaires-CNT-UNEF-SGL called on May 19 to a
demonstration to the station, and decided to carry out an action of occupation of the
railways in support of the railwaymen on strike at the national level. This action was
successfully carried out by 400 to 600 people for almost two hours, and it was carried out
to the end in a calm and without any degradation, according to the modalities decided by
the intersyndicale 86. Then the demonstration resumed its course to the forecourt of the
station, where it dispersed.
However, eleven persons designated as anti-capitalist and / or libertarian circles -
stigmatized by public authorities since the broken windows and graffiti made during an
anti-archaic demonstration, on 10 October 2009 in downtown Poitiers - were then summoned
to police station on 28 June, in connection with an investigation into "acts obstructing
the start-up or movement of a railway vehicle and others" following a complaint by the SNCF.
We, the eleven people summoned, denounce the political targeting that has been done there.
In the press, a few days after the demonstration on 19 May, the police pointed to the
presence of "ultra-left militants" in their ranks and declared that they were afraid of
their violence as well as that of "outside radical groups" - without power of course to
bring the slightest proof of his statements, especially concerning the violence ... and
for good reason: Poitiers knew none during the movement against the labor law. Moreover,
the membership of two of us in the trade union union Solidaires 86 shows that the public
authorities want to set an example by attacking militant trade unionists who are very
active in current and past struggles.
That is why we told the judicial police officer and the press: "Whether or not we go to
the police station in Poitiers on June 28th, we will not answer any questions posed by the
police, determined, united and mobilized against this law! "A gathering of 150 people, who
also said they were there on the roads on May 19th, took place on June 28 in front of the
police station in support of the eleven summoned, the three of us the convocation. But the
"case" did not stop there: the eight others were summoned again in the following months,
in turns arrested at their homes or work and then taken into custody. And now,
We are opposed today to the labor law 2 and the permanent state of emergency as we opposed
yesterday the labor law and the state of emergency.
We are protesting against the "selection" made by the police to exert revenge against some
anti-capitalist and / or libertarian militant Poitevins by continuing to harass them by
convocations to the police station and police custody until this grotesque trial.
More generally, we are not fooled by the maneuver of the rulers, who always seek to
distinguish everywhere, in France and elsewhere, good and bad demonstrators and we fight
against any penalization of social movements, any attempt to intimidate made against
people mobilized against the anti-social policy of the government, and the generalized
file that it seeks.
HALT TO THE CRIMINALIZATION OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REPRESSION IN POITIERS AS WELL!
We invite you to a first meeting to constitute a SUPPORT COMMITTEE on the basis of this text,
Monday September 4 at 6:30 pm,
at the House of Solidarity (22 rue du Pigeon-Blanc) in Poitiers.
For any contact: support-pursues-poitiers at protonmail.com
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