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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #256 (Dec) - Britain: Weekend against the police weapons (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:36:06 +0200

On the heights of Pont-de-Buis, overlooking the valley of the small town of Finistère, the barnums moved from 23 to 25 October to host a weekend of action against the arms of the police. This is the Collective October 25, bringing together many of the Great West organizations, which appealed to block NobelSport weapons factory, which manufactures including tear gas and rubber bullets. ---- Obviously, this weekend actions stood in tribute to Rémi Fraisse, a year after his death, but he was also at the crossroads of past sad days, including ten years after the death of Zyed and Bouna in 2005. -delà the single issue of police weaponry, this weekend is an opportunity to discuss new ways of struggle against repression plaguing the neighborhoods and address the social movements in France and elsewhere. The opportunity also to learn more about the French military-industrial complex, which is a NobelSport claims representatives.

Expertise colonial militarization

Two dynamic characterize the evolution of policing, repression and control populations. The first is an import from the repressive arsenal against insurgent-colonies. This use of colonial-how to subdue crowds has registered for a long time in the DNA of French policies. From the North African Brigade (BAN) in 1925, the companies of CRS and gendarmes and the BAC and exceptional brigades today (departmental intervention Company, Platoon surveillance and response Gendarmerie), colony repression tools are transmitted. This is also in poor neighborhoods that are tested in the mid-1990s, the Flash-Ball balls and other defense launchers (LBD), murdering and maiming dozens of people, mostly from immigrant.

The second dynamic is inspired by this know-how to the French in the "democratic management of crowds", offering passing a lucrative market for defense industries, by militarizing the police and its arsenal. Since the late 1960s, the State does not send the army to quell the strikes and revolts, but he militarized civilian agents of law enforcement and deploys a fierce repressive mechanism, up to kill protesters Vital Michelon Rémi Fraisse, through Malik Oussekine. To perfect this desire to control and repression while keeping a democratic veneer, the gun dealers have set up so-called weapons to "lethal".

Non-lethal weapons that kill

Tear gas, consisting of CS gas, belong to the best-known arsenal of law enforcement. This technique ultimately little used in other European countries, allows to hold off the protesters, including using Cougar launchers. Besides these gases, manufactured by NobelSport particular, are all ballistic devices, known even grenades, TNT with an attenuated load and variable depending on the situation. These devices, available in different elements (désencerclement, blast) are extremely mutilating weapons and responsible for the death of Rémi Fraisse and Vital Michalon. Finally, launchers non piercing bullets have established themselves in the arsenal under the leadership of Claude Guéant, general manager of the National Police in 1995, to come now equip most of the BAC and police. The Flash-Ball Super Pro, invention of the company Verney-Carron, will first be used in counterterrorism and then very quickly in the popular neighborhoods. It is since 2007 replaced a large scale by the LBD 40mm, manufactured by the Swiss bruger & Thomet, and rubber bullets are manufactured in Pont-de-Buis, by NobelSport...

The military industrial complex is based on the very official research center, expertise and logistical support for the development and testing of these new weapons. The repressive logic described above undergoing a profound change since the 2000s, since the colonial logic and use new weapons to reduced lethality, becomes the French security doctrine, not only in poor neighborhoods but also address the social movements. To quell the mob, the state resets the forces of order and allows the use of means of terror to discourage challenges. They shoot people and individualizes mutilating repression of protestors... murder.

Sponsor dictatorships

Lay siege to NobelSport was also essential to draw attention to the fact that French companies make money by manufacturing weapons for police worldwide. NobelSport is a good example of what capitalism death and dismemberment, exporting 90% of its production abroad. We find his signature on ammunition from Bahrain, Lebanon and in many countries of the world. Official sponsor of dictatorships, NobelSport sells weapons prohibited by the Geneva Convention in Burkina Faso. This action was intended to overcome the fears, but also to learn to block factories that operate round the clock during the great social movements. Many workshops and discussions were held throughout the weekend, punctuated with offensive actions against the plant where access was blocked by a large police. This weekend was the opportunity to meet many militants and activists of the Great West and elsewhere to develop solutions against the militarization of policing. Helmets and goggles, through a militant ambulance for first aid, are part of the defense put forward solutions.

The three-day camp has given hope to those who struggle not to suffer repression and infamous practices of blue helmets. This hope and solidarity we will very quickly, especially against a state that resets the BAC, which gives the right to open fire unmolested and who intends to attack the protest areas in France. As a nagging idea for these three days of October, at the foot of the mountains of Arrée: we will go together, we get back together.

Julien and Djo present at Pont-de-Buis

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