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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #258 (Feb) - Racism: Explosion Islamophobic acts of terrorism to the other (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:59:07 +0200

After November 13, as against January 2015 racist loosen. Mosques burned searches, that toast? First, Muslim and Muslims, and those who are assimilated es are, by their skin color, their last name or where they live. ---- If the ransacking of the prayer hall of Ajaccio on December 25 shocked and was widely publicized, it is indeed a tree that hides the forest. Perhaps because it implied an impressive crowd, perhaps because of the attraction for a "Corsican question" that sells the media there are much more interested than dozens of other Islamophobic attacks identified since November 13. These Islamophobic acts, there are all kinds: lynching of a young man in the streets of Lyon by a group of fascists, tags and damage to places of worship, direct threats to individuals or groups ...

The opportunity to confirm that Islamophobia is a form of racism . Those who attacked the Shrine of Ajaccio explained when speaking of their victims that it was necessary to make them understand that "they are not at home." Madmen extreme right have the same night of November 13, attacked and burned the Calais jungle directly to the refugees living there.

And on the mosques and places of worship, which is tagged evidence of racist, anti-Semitic and fascist (swastikas ...) or simply xenophobic ( "outside"). If Muslims and Muslim are the first target, it is the entire immigrant population or identified as such that is, through them and they referred by the actions and speech of a disconcerting confusion.

It is also an opportunity to see the sad treatment of these acts: the media and political power tend to portray them as isolated events, and refuse to seek their causes in the policies for years. Faced with the vile acts of Daech, we speak of terrorism; but when the violence just as blind, striking at random without identified victims are from fascist splinter groups, and are called by the far-right press in the name of "self-defense", the term is not mobilized. This is yet much the same logic: to sow fear among the population identified for the force to invisibility, while spreading an ideology of hatred that obscures any possibility of dialogue or analysis.

Racism from above

These acts are encouraged and legitimized by the violence with which the state itself treats those identified as Muslim, let alone under the state of emergency: when you see the police destroy the apartments, stop arbitrarily and insult humble, nothing surprising that you feel free to give vent to the hatred of the other. And the deprivation of nationality project for those who enjoy dual nationality only reinforces an amalgam between terrorism, Islam and foreigners too far, while the perpetrators of the November killings were all well and truly French.

The state is mistaken target and, pretending combat terrorism, fueling the fear and hatred while trying to justify his own survival. More than ever, against the government, its armed wing and complicit media, it is our duty to show our solidarity with all those who find themselves stigmatized and threatened, and build self-help and self-management. Know, think together, generate meeting and fellowship space (real, not that of a dying republic), are the best ways to defend themselves.

Clem (AL Paris-Nord-Est)

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