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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL press release: Racism and authoritarianism are their only answers (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:53:16 +0300

Since the horrible assassination of Samuel Paty , teacher of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (78), the recoveries, the amalgams, racism are unleashed. The criminal obscurantism which led to this murder must face all progressive forces and this exacerbated racism is, on the contrary, the worst response possible, by stirring up hatred and polarization in society. The government and other political forces have jumped at the chance, like scavengers, to advance their agenda. We will not let them. ---- The Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin proposes to dissolve the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). The CCIF is an association for the legal defense of Muslims, particularly useful since Islamophobic acts are on the increase. Dissolving the CCIF means, on the one hand, preventing Muslims from defending themselves against the racism they suffer in French society (degradation of places of worship, insults and attacks, recurring incitement to racial hatred in the media, etc. .). It is on the other hand to give the impression that this association would have any link with the murder of Samuel Paty, and thus formulate an unacceptable amalgamation.

Today, the information made public indicates that it is people linked to Islamist fundamentalism, allies of the fascist far right itself , who are involved in the events leading to the murder of Samuel Paty. The CCIF is an anti-racist organization working with the social movement, it is hateful to assimilate them there.

Hysterical attacks of Darmanin
Darmanin also slandered the SUD-Education union as the director of Mediapart by making them responsible for "an atmosphere, a temperature" which allowed the murderer to act "by excusing everything". In addition to being false, it is serious and unacceptable, because again it is a question of amalgamating with Islamist terrorists those who defend equal rights against Islamophobic racism.

In addition, the same minister has launched a series of administrative searches within what he calls the "Islamist movement",including among people unrelated to the October 16 attack. They only resulted in one arrest, because their purpose, in reality, to frighten Muslims. These searches ordered by the prefects without requiring the agreement of a judge of freedoms have been possible since certain elements of the state of emergency entered into common law in 2017. Already, following the attacks of November 2015, numerous searches had taken place in Muslim circles and in militant environmental circles, without any results. The goal was the same as today: to frighten, to silence. This is one more example of the regime's authoritarian slide.

Other political figures have not been outdone in recent days when it comes to amalgamating and racism. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of France Insoumise, thus affirmed that there was "a problem with the Chechen community in France". If he explained after the fact that he made "a mistake" using that expression, it is incredibly irresponsible to stir up racism against Chechens in this way, and in the current context all the more so.

Hateful mixture of immigration = terrorism
We have been able to hear in recent hours many politicians who adorn themselves with the adjective "republicans" maintain the odious amalgam of immigration = terrorism ; this criminalization of immigrants is truly abject.

Valérie Pécresse, the president (Les Républicains) of the Ile-de-France region, for her part asked to "close any mosque, and to ban any Islamic association, which would not publicly and clearly condemn this abject crime". So things are clear. For Pécresse, every Muslim is automatically suspected of complacency with the murderer of Samuel Paty ! All Islamophobic words are now admitted in public debate, can be discussed like any other opinion !

While a major Islamophobic campaign was launched with the bill on "separatism" , we must firmly reject this growing racism, among leaders and politicians as elsewhere in French society. We need, and this is the only possible line, to fight both against obscurantism and against Islamophobic recovery. In a context of increasingly authoritarian power, it is a fascization of society that we are witnessing. The response will have to be up to the task.

Libertarian Communist Union, October 22, 2020

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