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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - UCL press release, Global security bill : less freedom, more repression (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:10:36 +0200

For several years the freedom-killing laws have multiplied [2]. Last September the Ministry of the Interior presented its new plan for maintaining order, which provides for new draconian measures under the pretext of protecting the demonstrators. The bill on "global security" tabled on October 20 completes this process. With this law, the government confirms its authoritarian will to offer the police all the impunity it wishes to protect the interests of the bourgeoisie by relying in particular on mass surveillance of the population. ---- The bill under discussion is dangerous and must be fought for what it establishes.
Generalized coping
The risks of infringement of the right to respect for private life are numerous: Articles 20 and 21 provide for widening access to images recorded by video surveillance cameras to municipal police officers and to agents of the city of Paris responsible for 'a police service, widening access to recordings from individual cameras as well as the possibility of real-time transmission of these images to the cops.

Increased surveillance from the air
Article 22 of the bill allows the use of drones with an on-board camera as a surveillance tool, particularly during demonstrations. Their use will facilitate the identification of individuals and the massive collection of personal data.

A desire to make police violence invisible
Article 24 creates a new offense relating to the dissemination, by any means whatsoever, of images of the police, "with the aim of harming[their]physical or mental integrity". Article 23, for its part, aims to exclude from the benefit of reduced sentences the perpetrators of certain offenses "committed to the prejudice of a person invested with a public elective mandate, of a soldier of the national gendarmerie, of a civil servant. the national police or a professional or voluntary firefighter ". These offenses which would lose the benefit of reduced sentences correspond to attacks on life, physical integrity and threats and acts of intimidation and therefore also the dissemination of images of police officers. New offense therefore, and aggravated penalties.

Institutional racism still active
Article 10 provides for the addition of a minimum five-year residence permit for foreign nationals for the issue of professional cards for private security agents.

Faced with these serious attacks on individual and collective freedoms, the initiative initiated by the Quadrature du net and supported by dozens of associations and collectives [1]is laudable but the only questioning of the deputies appears to us well below the current issues. Other organizations such as Amnesty International, LDH and journalists' unions have launched campaigns to denounce this bill. Faced with these serious abuses that threaten activists but also everyone, we must act. We are calling for street initiatives everywhere on November 17 to demand the abandonment of the "Global Security" bill and we are making this proposal to all the forces of the social movement.

Libertarian Communist Union November 14, 2020


[1] 55 organizations against "global security", La Quadrature du net November 12, 2020

[2] 2001- law on daily security / 2003 - law on internal security / 2006 - law on the fight against terrorism / 2015 to 2017 - state of emergency / 2016 - secure electronic documents / 2017 - anti-terrorism law which establishes a permanent state of emergency

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