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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Angers: Stop the rancid scent of the reaction (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:14:35 +0300

For too many months reactionary, sexist and homophobic ideas have been established in Angers. From a far-right associative bar, through the right wing of the municipality, quick feedback on these reactions whose first targets are women and minorities. ---- The Manif for All had crystallized in Anjou a homophobia that was naively thought to have disappeared for ages. The Cathos managed to mobilize several million people. Faced with this surge of hate, it is clear that the mobilization was not up to par, the organized gatherings not raising the crowds. There was reason to believe that the adoption of the law opening marriage to same-sex couples would silence them. This is partly true. But the most radical fringe has continued to mobilize.
This is notably the case of Common Sense, movement within the Republicans resulting from the Manif for All, which has several elected municipal officials. They will have enough weight for 2016 Christophe Béchu, the mayor of Angers to have posters removed from an HIV prevention campaign. A strong mobilization then forced the mayor to a most pitiful political gymnastics.

Among this municipal right wing, Maxence Henry is undoubtedly the one who goes furthest in his public statements. A few weeks ago, in an RCF Anjou show about the legalization of abortion in Ireland (where only men had the floor), the elected official did not mince his words: " Abortion is always a failure " , so the 200,000 abortions a year in France are" 200,000 situations of failure ", and he even goes so far as to speak of a mysterious but nevertheless powerful" steamroller that is put in favor of abortion ". [1] The freedoms that city halls use to talk about homosexuality or the rights of women to dispose of their bodies have given some ideas to some to take action.

On the night of June 13 to 14, local Quazar, LGBT center in Angers, was tagged with ignoble calls for the murder of homosexuals and Celtic crosses. [2]This act is signed and we know in which direction to look for the culprits: members of the far right identity and Catholic who since January has a local, called the Alvarium . [3]

Event: " West, but still anti-fascist ! » Angeviscan antifascist festival which will take place from September 16th to 22nd.

But the resistance is organized. Whether against the reactionary drift of a part of the municipal team, as against the establishment of the extreme right, feminist, anti-fascist and progressive organizations are hard at work to not give up an ounce of land to the reactions of all hairs. On February 24, 500 people demonstrated against the Alvarium . On Saturday, June 23, 150 people rallied against homophobia.

Manifest of February 24 against the local fascist Alvarium

Like what in Anjou and elsewhere, we must remain determined to fight for the equal rights of all.

Jon (AL Angers)

[1] Emancipation collective response: " Reaction to anti-abortion by Maxence Henry, deputy mayor " (on collectifemancipation.fermeasites.net)

[2] Release: " Homophobic Tags to Quazar " (on quazar.fr)

[3] About the Alvarium , you can find out about the Angefascist Angevin Networks blog : raaf.noblogs.org

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