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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - State of emergency: the hour of the attack against (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:48:55 +0200

The attacks in November gave the government the opportunity to try to silence the social movement under the pretext of the fight against terrorism. Do not let him! ---- The state of emergency was declared by the Council of Ministers on November 14, the day of the attacks. Framed by a law adopted in 1955 during the war in Algeria, it was extended by three months following a vote of the National Assembly, until February 26. A formality since only six deputies voted against [1]. Members of the Left Front have unanimously voted in favor, on the grounds that Parliament will be informed of measures taken [2]. This was not without causing a stir in the Left Front, communist binding eleven senators to refrain ... when passing the Senate.

The state of emergency has been used for multiple searches, house arrests, meeting rooms closure for the beverage sales ban after 20 hours in the North or a curfew in a city in Sens. All this simple decision of the prefect or the Minister of the Interior, so beyond the control by the courts, which also bourgeois as it allows a number of remedies and brakes. La Quadrature du Net conducts a census of the measures taken, most unrelated to the alleged fight against terrorism [3] t. The most significant are probably those related to the repression of the mobilization on the occasion of COP21.


All security arsenal was ready to suppress the mobilization, but the state of emergency fell as a boon. House arrest allowed to nail home the militants and militant ecologists. The prohibition of protest was possible out of emergency, but was used extensively. Thus, walking Climate scheduled for 29 November in Paris was banned, but the human chain organized by the Climate Coalition, also prohibited, was tolerated. As against repression hit hard on those who chose to protest despite the ban: the first face-to-face with the riot police, they were gassed before to prevent exit of the Republic Square and place over 300 protestors into custody. Police headquarters and government have directly communicated, reported by the media: there was one side of the peaceful demonstrators and human chain on the other the "thugs" who were there only to throw candles Memorial attacks on the cops. Some organizations have taken the bait immediately as Alternatiba and EE-LV who condemned so-called "thugs" [4] who "play into the hands of the government" [5]. Videos of the event on the square and riot police dispersing protesters seeking to protect the memorial before shamelessly trample it showed another version.

This episode, plus the demonstration of support to migrants and migrant also prohibited Nov. 22, shows what to expect if the state of emergency was extended. All events will not be prohibited, at least initially. This is for power to modulate repression to be able to isolate hazardous Gentile citizens extremists. It is from this perspective that significant rallies against trade union repression of December 2, the day the trial of the Air France employees following the uprooting of HRD shirts, were allowed.

Uni-es for our freedoms

It is therefore more than ever necessary to refuse this blackmail and organize the broadest possible mobilization against the state of emergency. Today these are environmental activists and / or extreme left who were in the viewfinder. But the viewfinder can switch targets as it sees fit, especially if the manifestation of co-hosting with prefects settled in manners.

The stakes are high. Valls has announced consider renewing the state of emergency beyond 26 February. It is usual for the government to present himself as the strong man at the height of the situation, such as "left without complexes" which takes the security and migration themes to heart.

Thus, proposals such as "changing conditions of self-defense officers," the deprivation of nationality [6], the suspension of the Stability Pact so far presented as an absolute must, to hire 5,000 more cops, or an internment camp for stuck S [7] are on the table. Finally, it is envisaged to "entrench a state of emergency." It is now a simple law, potentially inconsistent with the Constitution, particularly regarding fundamental freedoms [8]. Enshrine the state of emergency would be to legally concreting the possible circumvention of these freedoms. This recipe produces the usual effects: it establishes a climate where security topics are on the front of the stage, radicalizes all bourgeois parties to the right and thus pave the way for the National Front, as evidenced by the results of regional elections 2015. If the government continues outbid by extending the state of emergency beyond 26 February, then there will be no reason to go back: the imperialist maneuvers in the Middle East and Africa are not close to ending terrorism, and the approach of the presidential election in 2017 will speed up the ante, as the coming to power of the right or the National Front. Recall that during the war of Algeria's state of emergency lasted from April 1961 to May 1963, well beyond the end of the war. So now that we must put a stop after that will be much more difficult.

Building a national event

The response today is organized around two frameworks: a first excluding organized them: political tions, yet directly targeted by repression, driven by LDH, and a second driven by the DAL, which includes G alongside Solidaires Attac, the Union of Magistrates, the CGT 75, the NPA, the PG, Togetherness, etc. The unification of these two frameworks would be a positive sign for the mobilization. The second part is the origin of a call "Yes to freedom, no to the state of emergency" and a meeting in Paris which brought together several hundred people on December 17. He envisions a national event on the weekend of 6 and 7 February. Time is no longer between the demonstrations convinced es, but to a construction field through local collective, common hardware and meetings, allowing to go on contact with the population, still disoriented by attacks and unfortunately still gained to security excesses. Alternative Libertaire is fully in this dynamic.

Gregory (AL Orléans)

[1] Three environmentalists and three socialists.

[2] This is a modification of the law of 1955. Similarly, the control of the press has been removed, but added that of Internet, and the conditions of extended house arrest.

[3] https://wiki.laquadrature.ne

[4] "... that have nothing to do with ecology", Cécile Duflot.

[5] Txetx Etcheverry, of Alternatiba

[6] For the French born binational. The Civil Code already allows for binational naturalized.

[7] Of which one must remember that more than half have nothing to do with the Islamist movement.

[8] Recall that the government had warned the European Convention on Human Rights that he would probably break the rules of the latter during the COP21.

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