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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #293 - Antipatriarcat, Bordeaux: A feminist tag ? Three cops on the back ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:14:47 +0300

On March 8th in Bordeaux, an unmixed march was held at the invitation of the March 8th Gironde Collective. This peaceful demonstration for Women's Rights Day was repressed by multiple police arrests and violence. ---- They were a little more than 800 demonstrators from the rendezvous given on the Place de la Victoire. That's a little more than 600 people more than in previous events. This festive event denounced sexual and sexual violence while moving towards the Saint-Michel district, the Victor-Hugo course through Grosse-Cloche, Camille-Jullian etc. Already men were coming to explain to women what was " true feminism "Or insulted them because for them, this March 8, it was difficult to move in the streets because of the presence of the procession. Yet it is the reality of what women live every day, forced to make detours, to push themselves. One of them explains to us that before the police violence began, it was the first time in two years that she felt safe on the streets of a city at night.

At first, the weak police presence was quickly contrasted by the presence of dogs which according to some demonstrators were intended to intimidate them. The demonstration was peaceful and joyful when around 21:45, at the tail of the procession, a protester who was about to tag was violently extracted by three police officers who strangled her and dragged several meters. Without warning or reason, a police officer threw a de-encircling grenade that injured two protesters, one of whom had to be taken to the hospital while others lost hearing for several hours. The police kicked the woman into the police truck with kicks while others used tear gas or held the protesters with their LBDs.

After the march resumed its festive journey, the protesters went to ask for the release of the detainee who was released. The police followed the procession preventing its planned dispersal on the " Parvis des droits des femmes " which was blocked by a wall of helmeted police, equipped with shields and dogs. This forced the demonstrators to disperse further.

The police then followed at least one small group of women returning home. For this group were mobilized four cars and eight policemen in plain clothes, armed with LBD and accompanied by malinois. Without any reason three people were violently arrested arbitrarily at midnight in front of the Musée d'Aquitaine. One of them was apprehended by two policemen and a dog and another slapped. The few people who also left the demonstration and tried to support the detainees were insulted and abused especially when the dogs excited by the police were sent to contact them. The three women arrested were taken to the police station from where they left the next day at 19h.

On 8 March in Bordeaux, women demonstrated for the right to move freely in the streets, day and night, against harassment, sexist and sexual aggression. The rule of law police, so dear to this government, have, as usual, responded by force. The repression of the March 8 non-mixed march shows that police violence is now systemic.

The symbol is strong, women were beaten, humiliated, arrested by men in the service of the state because they tried to reclaim the public space. In the face of these intimidation attempts, the demonstrators continued the night march, while remaining in solidarity with the police.

This non-mixed march on International Women's Rights Day reminds us that we can not let this government and its puppets exploit women's struggles. Just as we must fight against their instrumentalization of LGBTQI + and anti-racist struggles. Make no mistake, the violence of Macronian capitalism is at the height of that of its forces of order. This capitalism which precarious women especially remains fixed in its patriarchal reflexes. It is for these reasons that the reappropriation of the street must be done by women for women. We support the complaint filed by the victim of this police violence with the help of CLAP33, Family Planning 33 and Collective March 8 Gironde. We condemn this patriarchal violence and demand the abandonment of all prosecutions.

AL Gironde

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