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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #308 - Culture, Read: Clochepin, "Anarchist" (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:49:49 +0200

At 65, Philippe Clochepin, a libertarian railway worker, has just published his Memoirs, shedding his personal light on the struggles of his time. ---- At 65, Philippe Clochepin, a libertarian railway worker, has just published his Memoirs, shedding his personal light on the struggles of his time. As often in this kind of exercise, it is the memories of youth that provide the most colorful and detailed setting: his high school in Boulogne-sur-Mer which, in 1973, is slow to wake up while the whole country is standing against the Debré law; "Papa's factory" (Aciéries de Paris and d'Outreau, APO); the bistros where we change the world ; the Bonzini table football ; entry to the SNCF ; and then the pervasive smell of mimeo installed at home, which we "cauffer" (Boulogne dialect) to get out of multiple leaflets, bulletins and craft newspapers:Raised fist, Le Cri du Boulonnais, Workers' autonomy ...

Philippe Clochepin joined the Revolutionary Anarchist Organization (ORA, ancestor of the current UCL) in 1974, revolted by fascist barbarism in Chile, enthusiastic about the LIP struggle and the Carnation revolution in Portugal. He continued within the Libertarian Communist Organization (OCL) and, at the beginning of the 1980s, participated in the squatting movement in Paris: opening of buildings for the homeless, distribution of free meals, alternative rock concerts (Bérurier noir , Haine Brigade, la Mano Negra...). He was then transferred to Normandy. It was there that, unionized CGT, he actively participated in the strike of 1986, which saw the emergence of the coordination of strikers. In the 1990s, he got closer to Alternative Libertaire and, during the great strike of autumn 1995, he took part in all the meetings: in the demonstrations, at the brazier on hill 135, during a requisition of empty accommodation. Following an occupation of Crédit Lyonnais, an enormous stuffed lion (the bank's mascot) is stolen. Until the end of the strike, he will be enthroned in the pit where the railway workers' AGs from Sotteville-lès-Rouen are held...

Guillaume Davranche (UCL Montreuil)

Philippe Clochepin, Anarchist , Paul Plume, 2020, 500 pages, 30 euros.

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