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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire - Against racism, Manif for Theo in Bobigny: another story by AL 93 , AL 94 North , AL Montreuil , AL Paris North East (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:55:53 +0200
On Saturday, anger resulted in riot, but not only. The militants of the working-class
districts spoke, and it was worth hearing. ---- On Saturday, in several cities in France,
justice was expressed for Theo Luhaka, a resident of Aulnay, who was the victim of a
police rape that the State (Justice, the IGPN) is desperately trying to downplay by
presenting it as "Unintentional". ---- Several of these demonstrations gave rise to
clashes with the police. These clashes speak volumes about the rage against the police
insecurity that prevails in the suburbs, and the impunity of which it is systematically
covered. ---- But the media often retained only that: 37 people arrested in Bobigny, a
burnt RTL minivan ... They generally ignored the words of protestors and protestors, and
of the collectives who had organized these protests.
From the beginning the entrapment
In the Paris region, it was the collective Quoi ma gueule? Who had called for a rally at 4
pm in front of the Bobigny courthouse. At the appointed hour, 2,000 to 4,000 people were
present, a majority of young people, Balbygnians or neighbors, but also the oldest, and,
as we have seen, trade unionists (Solidaires, CGT), activists (MRAP, LDH, RESF ...) or
political organizations (AL, NPA, PCF, Ensemble ...). The crowd was gathered in front of
the building transformed into a bunker by the forces of "order" - weapons, helmets and
armor rigor. Later, the pandora flying on the Marie-Claire bridge, which overlooked the
demonstration, had to wipe some jets of projectiles and replicate by firing LBD into the
crowd. Further on, a team of the Anti-Criminality Brigadestationed at the metro station
launches tear-gas grenades in turn at the gathering and on the neighboring buildings.
These police provocations, from the beginning, will not have prevented the meeting to be
held. On an improvised platform, the organizers of the gathering have passed the
microphone, for a series of spoken words generally borrowed from a requirement of dignity,
justice and assembly, and in favor of a politicization of the revolt.
A speech advocating union and collective action
It has often returned to the mouths of the activists of collective Quoi ma gueule?: "Show
them that we are intelligent, we are educated, we are not savages. "
Rapper Sofiane, very active and involved in the fight against police impunity , called for
unity beyond the barriers that some are trying to raise, taking the crowd to witness: "Eh,
today We're proving something! All the stuff that we see on the Internet, there, on "the
Whites, the Reunois, the Reubeus, tatata" ... Eh c'est KO, tout ça, c'est KO! "
Even tonality on the side of the mother of Theo, who spoke to call for union against
injustice and police impunity.
A militant of the collective for Adama Traore called not to rely solely on the action of
the lawyers to fight against the police violence but to participate in the
self-organization in the districts: "It is necessary that the working-class districts
Trust the people who militate at the bottom of their homes without being known ... "
An activist of the collective Solidarity women made the connection between the case Theo
and the repression of the social movement in the working-class districts.
Intervention also of Amal Bentounsi (of Urgence our police assassin, sister of Amine
Bentounsi killed in Noisy-le-Sec in 2012).
A communist youth activist stressed the political dimension of discrimination, police
insecurity and its impunity, explaining that the police were there to maintain "social
order" much more than "public order". But at the time, his plea that the police missions
were "redefined" fell a little flat ...
More distant, the intervention of a person simply presenting himself as "an Aulnaysian",
who stammered a confused speech, which tended mainly to promote the former municipality PS
Aulnay-sous-Bois. It sent mediators to reign "calm in the districts" whereas with the
right, it was the police who created disturbances (malaise in the assistance). "What we
want is for the police to control us properly" (booing). And calling people to take the
ballot, etc. (New boos).
The speech was also spoken by a speaker who came to speak "as a Congolese", surrounded by
a flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and who spoke mainly of the DRC. Agaced,
people ended up chanting "We are all French! "
There were also slogans "We are all Bamboula! ", Referring to the abject salutation of a
police trade unionist on television a few days earlier.
And now the classics: "Everyone hates the police", "Theo, Adama, Zyed and Bouna, do not
forget one does not forgive", "Police everywhere justice nowhere", "Cops, rapists, assassins".
A representative of the Anti-Bargobobia Brigade hammered that France would never be the
country of human rights as long as there was control over the facies and support for the
Franco-African. Before the rally started, he also called for a quiet, dignified and calm
march, before warning the police: "If they seek us, they will seek us; If they are calm,
we are calm. " We saw what it was.
Justice for Theo, Adama, and all the others!
Already, it is important to have in mind the anti-racist mobilization of March 19 , which
will take, with these events, a particular relief.
Guillaume (AL Montreuil), with Charpentier, Maud (AL Paris north-east), Clotilde (AL 93)
and Leo (AL 94 north)
"France will never be the country of human rights as long as there is control over the facies"
Cc Guillaume / AL Montreuil
In Montpellier, at the request of the General Assembly against the state of emergency, 200
people demonstrated across the city, and even invaded the SNCF station for about ten
minutes without the police showing the tip of his nose .
In Orléans, 70 people gathered for Theo, which is very encouraging because there were no
collective initiatives for Adama Traoré for example. Numerous and numerous were the
demonstrators to have moved spontaneously following a call on the social networks. There
were also activists from the Collectif Acide, Solidaires, FA, AL, JC, PCF, POI-D and NPA.
Speaking engagements and artistic interventions took place on the public road and future
appointments are Announced.
In Lorient, about forty people gathered for Théo, with AL and unbridled France (the
melenchonnists). Speaking in the street.
In Rouen, in parallel to an action in front of the store New Look against the union
repression in this sign, a rally took place at 4 pm in front of the town hall to demand
justice for Theo and Adama. Approximately 300 people, with NPA, JC, AL, Solidaires,
autonomous. Departure in protest in the stride.
In Nantes, 400 people at the start of the demonstration, behind a banner "that protects us
from the police?" The dozens of CRS present gathered their lot of jeers ("cops, rapists,
assassins", "everyone hates the police", "police everywhere, justice nowhere" ...). After
an hour and a half of walking downtown the demonstration dissolved without incident.
Baptized in 2005, in memory of the Marie-Claire Chevalier case, which in 1972 marked
the struggle for the right to abortion.
BAC: the most dangerous police force for the population. Read about them Didier
Fassin's investigation, La Force de l'ordre , Seuil, 2011.
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