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(en) France, FAI: Mutual assistance is not a blank word By APO

Date Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:37:28 +0300


We have translated and republished two announcements (the first on 17/3 and the second on 19/3) of the French-speaking Fédération anarchiste (IFA) on the current emergency, pandemic and emergency situation in France ---- Mutual assistance is not a blank word ---- Announcements of restrictive measures made last night by the French president are useful and we will not deny it. On the contrary, we, organized in the Anarchist Federation, know that one of the most important values is mutual aid. Mutual help also means caring for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. There is no real freedom without taking into account others. ---- We can only reject the logic that today only the police and the military will be the solution to following the instructions in view of this pandemic. If, weeks ago, the French government had not underestimated things, refused to heed the warnings of health and scientists, we could have a strong collective conscience from the beginning of the epidemic. The biggest hoax is to hold elections. But, as always, business is above human for the state, which is primarily concerned with protecting the rich.

At the same time, we are frustrated with the selfish and sick attitude of those who plundered stocks of masks, antiseptics or even supermarkets, sometimes driven by fear, often with a sense of individual survival. They have deprived those who need most of the necessary protection or food and this is unacceptable. Solidarity also requires a form of self-discipline against risk.

The Anarchist Federation stresses that there is much that has been forgotten in all of this: prisoners are not effectively protected, as are people without a fixed home, without papers, casual occupations, etc. … They are hundreds of thousands who have to endure the measures without being able to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this is only the continuation of the society in which we lived before the coronation. It is more than unacceptable to us. It is also up to us to provide mutual assistance as soon as possible.

We give our full support and thank those who continue to work because their work is essential: health care providers, those who help maintain supplies, cleanliness workers, etc.... You are the hundreds of thousands who are taking risks to guarantee that we can live comfortably at this time. The risk has increased due to the inability of employers (private and public) to guarantee safety. How many masks for all those mentioned? How many liters of antiseptic? How Many Distances for Health Insurance? How many place reorganizations? We will be able to remember all the bosses who made people work in unnecessary positions, just to guarantee their profits, endangering their employees and their relatives. But those who run the state and who have underestimated the dangers of this virus so as not to slow down the capitalist machine. We call on those who can exercise their right to strike as soon as possible! Do not die for the capitalists! Again, this pandemic is no joke. Since the Middle Ages we know that isolation measures have been effective in stopping the evolution of diseases. Let's apply mutual aid: let's protect ourselves, protect our loved ones, our neighbors, and basically protect all of us. Again, this pandemic is no joke. Since the Middle Ages we know that isolation measures have been effective in stopping the evolution of diseases. Let's apply mutual help: let's protect ourselves, let's protect our loved ones, our neighbors, and basically protect all of us. Again, this pandemic is no joke. Since the Middle Ages we know that isolation measures have been effective in stopping the evolution of diseases. Let's apply mutual help: let's protect ourselves, let's protect our loved ones, our neighbors, and basically protect all of us.

The time will come when this deadly period will pass and we will get rid of those who for years have killed solidarity by selling everything in the private sector and undermining social and health protection. We will persecute them in the same way as the crown. And we will be particularly cautious and vigilant after the crisis, in view of the liberal and repressive measures that will undoubtedly come up once again as necessary.

Solidarity, mutual help and courage

Anarchist Federation External Relations Committee

http://apo.squathost.com/
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