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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Event: Stay united against repression (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:20:30 +0200

The demonstration on November 29, violently repressed by the police, left questions about our organization in these events, which tend to repeat as the government is increasing bans on demonstrations. Back on our conception of self-defense and the questions it leaves open in light of the anti-COP21 event. ---- While the government took advantage of the tragic attacks of 13 November to establish a state of emergency and its battery of authoritarian measures, Alternative Libertaire decided to disobey the ban on demonstrations against the COP21. Arriving on the appointed day on Republic Square with our partners libertarians, we found various collective struggle and every corner riot forces. ---- The violence starts there: the abusive deprivation of our right to demonstrate and the establishment of an important law enforcement system. Nevertheless, we tried to organize a procession, and then we began a tour of the place we renewed with thousands of protestors. On all outputs, the CRS installed their dams. The square has become a huge mousetrap.

Stay and make block

It would have taken out collectively and continue the protest through the streets of Paris. We did not feel neither the number nor the organization necessary for this; but others tried to rub the police roadblocks. We were not there in a formal show of the riot, a travesty of popular violence - as we have the know at various occasions, most recently in the anti-fascist demonstration in Lyon a year earlier. We decided to stay and stand together in our means. Many Alternative libertarian comrades were subsequently arrested. Our inability to truly manifest itself and protect us from police repression the question of a need to adapt the appearance of AL in the street. Before considering it, back on what already exists.

For years, AL develops his concept of "serenity organized" alternative - at least in words - to the classical order service. So far, we considered minimal training for everyone enough to ensure the safety of our parades and our public meetings. At each occurrence of G, comrades are mandated to coordinate the SO, but there is no group of specialists.

If during demonstrations in homage to Rémi Fraisse, or when those in support of the Palestinian people the power had clearly shown its willingness to block the street to the social movement, with the establishment of the state of emergency it is now clear that calling down there entails new responsibilities.

It is up to us to think about organizing ourselves accordingly; but whatever actions we take, they will be insignificant without scaling for Alternative Libertaire or strengthening our ties with all our partners.

Émile (AL Paris-Sud)

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