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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Obituary: Jean Raguénès, Father Red Lip (fr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:05:21 +0300

Raguénès Jean died on 31 January 2013. It was in the 1970s one of the leaders of the struggle of the workers and copy Lip workers, regaining control of their production plant threatened with closure. ---- With the death of John Raguénès to 80 years, on January 31, is one of the truculent figures Lip adventure has disappeared. Lip, this great labor dispute which marked the years 1973-1974, is best known Charles Piaget, the CFDT activist integrity. Raguénès was a most unusual character: Dominican friar, he was involved in the events of May 68 at the Sorbonne before becoming a worker priest. ---- In 1971, discreetly, it was therefore set at the factory watch Lip, near Besançon. For the record, the process of worker priests, frowned their hierarchy was less " Christianize the working class "than" proletarianization of the Church. "

This approach would be that of Raguénès in the following years, and for the rest of his life.

When the conflict broke out in 1973 against the closure of Lip, he became one of the principal organizers of the action committee that would promote this form of struggle as original emblematic: sequestration "war chest" - the stock watch factory - and the resumption of production self. Their slogan " We make, we sell, we pay! "had spread like wildfire and had generated huge popular support. Buy a watch Lip became an activist, and the illegal distribution in full swing.

This form of protest had a lasting impact imagination. Do not be deceived, power Giscard did everything at the time to run this fight and bury Lip carrier utopia. The model has unfortunately scarcely been taken in France since then.

A creative struggle

Certainly, it should not mythologize Lip. Insofar as this fight was not conducted in a context that could lead to revolutionary socialism, the perspective of the struggle of Lip was either find a buyer or raise a cooperative.

On the other hand, it would be absurd to believe that every company threatened with closure or relocation could be requisitioned / self. But in some cases, certain products are easy to sell, with a wide popular support, it can be for workers a means to fight amazing. If we want future mobilizations in the workers go further and attack directly to the property rights of the propertied classes, do not be afraid to be creative and daring.

In the beautiful movie devoted to Christian Rouaud Lip in 2007, The Lip, power to the imagination , Jean Raguénès said: " I do not know of another example, the level of workers' struggles, struggles or even any short where we have been as imagination. We always found the trick, not only makes you laugh, but also allows " défataliser "event, it is a bit too heavy. "

In 1994, the red priest had settled in the Amazon, Brazil, where he supported the struggle of the landless.

William Davranche (AL Montreuil)
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