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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Angers, AL Nantes - In Angers as elsewhere: for an antifascism of ground, unitary and popular (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:08:24 +0300


Point of view of AL comrades present at Angers for the anti-fascist demonstration of September 22nd. "We must therefore continue to build an anti-fascism on the ground, unitary and popular. Let's assume our disagreements in terms of strategy. But let's respect them so that our solidarities grow up to push back the extreme right." ---- In Angers as elsewhere: for an antifascism of ground, unitary and popular ---- We are several libertarian Alternative activists who took part in the anti-fascist demonstration in Angers on September 22nd. This event, organized by the RAAF (Angevin Antifascist Network) [1]as part of the local festival " To the West but still anti-fascist " [2], was announced as a festive and family event. Let us add that the context of anti-fascism in Angers is particularly complicated, because a bar / local fascist, L'Alvarium, opened a few months ago.

A first event was also called by the RAAF on February 24th. With the festival, it was a question of continuing to anchor the anti-fascist fight within the population, with the aim of enlarging it.

The protest on September 22 had been discussed in advance with groups from other cities, and everyone seemed to agree that the most visibly violent actions, if they were to take place, take place after the dissolution of the demonstration. filed. The Angevin social movement is not accustomed to the various demonstrations that now punctuate many parades in some major cities - broken storefront banks or other signs of the same kind, or fire starting in such businesses.

However, barely ten minutes after the start of the demo, the breaks of windows begin. They punctuated the whole route. In the dispersion, some groups wanted to continue towards L'Alvarium, despite a strong police presence. Comrades have been in custody and we can only hope that there will be no prosecution against them.

The RAAF canceled the evening of debates and concert scheduled for the evening to close the festival. This evening was to take place at the Etincelle, a self-managed place. It appeared to the RAAF that the security of the evening would not be assured. Indeed, the Angers cops are not used to such demonstrations in the city center, and a police raid on the local was likely. Identity checks and intimidation were to be expected, which would have endangered the people present, first and foremost the organizers and organizers.

Know where you are acting

These events posed problems for Libertarian Alternative activists present that day. It is obvious that each and every one, in the fight against the extreme right, must be able to appropriate organized events. But this can not be done in disregard of the local reality specific to each city, and even less in defiance of what local activists take years to build. For the activists who broke store windows in downtown Angers are not those who have held Etincelle for 21 years.

Etincelle is at increased risk of repression following this demo. Because activists who broke store windows in downtown Angers are not the organizers and organizers of the festival. However, they face an increased risk of phishing and repression by the cops.

Those who have made the choice to break bank windows in downtown Angers are not those who try to build an Ange- vian anti-fascism on the ground, on the street, rooted in the social fabric. However, this construction may be threatened by such actions bursts.

When we move in a city that we know badly, it seems to us elementary to respect the work of those who militate on a daily basis. They and they know the reality of the city and the region. Trusting them and ensuring their safety - including once they have left the city - is a prerequisite for coordinating anti-fascist action in good understanding between collectives in different cities. Which can only be desirable.

We will even add that this should be part of a basic militant ethic.

Respect collective frameworks
But it's not just that. The contempt of collective decisions is what we find most damaging, because it breaks the solidarities we want to build, that we must build in our common fight against the extreme right. Militating is a collective affair, and therefore a search for consensus. The existence of a deposed, festive and family demonstration, and possibly a second and more muscular demonstration, could be a way of resolving the contradictions of certain militant groups. Thus, anger can be expressed in different ways, in different places, because the diversity of tactics leads to the diversity of places. Once again, these events risk breaking down trusts and solidarities, and we can not afford this in this period of rising right-wing extremism,

Defend a plural antifascism
We think that it is normal that lively anger is expressed against the extreme right. " Break " can be a gesture of anger. Others will express themselves differently. But when we come to revolutionary, thoughtful and assumed strategies, we must have a real debate. Our anti-fascism is rooted in the social movement. It is a class anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-sexist, which wants to support and promote class solidarities. This is why we believe that it necessarily involves the construction of local and national structures able to gather widely. This is the case of the unions we are building, associations that we are strengthening on various fronts.

But our anti-fascism is also a fight front in its own right. Specific mobilizations are indispensable, such as those demonstrating the violence of the neo-Nazi militants who killed Clément Méric in 2013, or those demanding the closure of the Alvarium in Angers. In fact, closing down the places where the Fachos meet is trying to reduce their capacity to organize and develop. Demolishing amalgam speeches, of the type " fascists and antifascists are violent in the same way ", is to emphasize that some are fighting for an ideology of death and oppression, when others want freedom, equality and social justice.

We must therefore continue to build an anti-fascism on the ground, unitary and popular. Let's assume our disagreements in terms of strategy. But let's respect them so that our solidarities grow up to push back the extreme right.

AL activists from Angers, Montreuil, Nantes, Orléans, Rennes, Saint-Denis

[1] The RAAF website: raaf.noblogs.org . His twitter account: @raaf_angers .

[2] The Festival was held from September 7 to 22, the event concluding a week of anti-fascist debates and conferences.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?A-Angers-comme-ailleurs-pour-un-antifascisme-de-terrain-unitaire-et-populaire
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