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(en) Britain, freedom news: France: March against police killings unites the left

Date Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:18:12 +0200

Over a hundred organisations from around the world, including a number of anarchist groups and British organisations, are backing the callout for a massive march in Paris to take place on March 13th against police brutality. Led by the families of people who have died at the hands of police and following on from weeks of protests and clashes in the streets, organisers say that, as the law is adapting to the needs of the police rather than the people, France's working classes must assert dignity and unity. The main callout is translated below. ---- One per month. That is, on average, the number of fathers, brothers, sons that we lose because of the brutality of the forces of order. A brutality that takes several forms, from restraint techniques that lead to asphyxiation of the victims, to punches, bullets or Taserings which, in the worst cases, prove fatal.

Regularly, for more than 40 years, our people are thus killed by the French State, at the hands of those who are ironically called "guardians of peace." Regularly for more than 40 years, it is with the most abusive impunity and campaigns of criminalisation that they respond to the mobilisations of those who claim truth and justice for their dead. The police, judicial and political persecution against the Traoré family, to whom we express our solidarity, is proof of this. Every time, it's the same story.

The repression that targets us, we families of victims, has been accentuated by the state of emergency. All abuses have become possible, leading to tragic consequences. It is no longer the police which must adapt to the law, it is the law that adapts to the police. And we are far from the only ones to have been targeted by the reinforcement of the security services and State violence. In 2015, the government declared what amounted to an internal war. It traced migrants and those who defended them, pursuing its traditional repression of "blacks," "Arabs," "Muslims," "Roma" and more generally of working-class neighbourhoods, including searches, house arrests and the completely arbitrary closure of mosques. In addition there is the social quagmire that (Blairite former prime minister) Manuel Valls and consorts have created, especially in the context of mobilisation against the labour law. Faced with the resistance of working-class neighbourhoods and social movements, violence has been unleashed against previously protected categories.

The terrible attacks we saw in 2015 and 2016 have reinforced the arsenal of the security services, as they are the direct result of the war policy that France and its allies have been leading abroad. The French State, which still places all its weight on the peoples it dominates in Africa, extends this policy into the Middle East even as it ratifies the occupation of Palestine. The "fight against terrorism" resembles a permanent aggression against innocent people. It is, among other things, what fuels the humanitarian crisis of refugees, themselves treated cynically as a potential "terror" threat. It is the snake that bites its tail - this climate of internal war makes it possible to justify ever-more brutal control over the population and delivers a license for violence to the forces of order, which repress all those who voice dissent and all those, from the families of victims to demonstrators against the law, working through the militants of the working-class neighborhoods of the ZAD, dare to organise against the State, claim justice and assert their dignity.

We are all affected!

The presidential campaign is not going to fix anything. On the contrary. Almost every new statement is an insult to our struggles, our concerns and our needs.

Because we will not submit to arbitrary power,

Because the words "justice" and "dignity" still make sense to us,

Because we believe that it is essential to organise together to fight against this war on the poor, migrants, descendants of the colonised,

We call on all those who feel concerned by these issues to join us in all future initiatives and to participate very widely in the March for Justice and Dignity that will take place on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 in Paris. Against the hogra, against humiliation, against racism and police violence, against the cowardly wars made on our behalf against peoples who have done us no harm.

Let us find hope, strength and unity in order to be together in the name of justice and dignity.

First signatory families:

Family of Lahoucine Ait Omghar - Family of Amine Bentounsi - Family of Hocine Bouras - Family of Abdoulaye Camara - Family of Lamine Dieng - Family of Wissam El Yamni - Family of Amadou Koumé - Family of Mourad Touat - Family of Ali Ziri - Family of Jean-Pierre Ferrara - Family of Rémi Fraisse - Family of Babacar Gueye

With the support of:

Truth and Justice Committee for Lamine Dieng - Truth and Justice Committee for Mamadou Marega - Truth and Justice Committee for Abou Bakari Tandia - Truth and Justice Collective for Babacar Gueye

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