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(en) Union Communiste Libertaire - Lyon: Police violence and racist militia trained and organized (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Thu, 1 Aug 2019 09:39:34 +0300
Communiqué of the Libertarian Communist Union - Lyon following the police violence and
attacks of racist militias during the victory of the Algerian team on July 19th. ----
Police violence and racist militia trained and organized ---- This Friday, July 19, 2019,
following the victory of the Algerian team at the African Cup of Nations ( CAN ), the fans
celebrated on Lyon and in the agglomeration the victory of their team. ---- In addition to
the usual unfortunate police violence, which reflects a racist system, we have witnessed
targeted attacks in Lyon by overtly racist groups. ---- Postcolonial policing ... ----
With each victory of Algeria in the final phase, we were able to note the same system of
"maintenance of order": blocking the bridges leading to the city center ("no Algerian
flags in the peninsula"), gassing massive all the district of the place of the Bridge and
use of LBD to scare and mutilate.
The instructions were clear: no possibility to gather in front of a giant screen, sale of
prohibited alcohol, use of smoke, firecrackers and banned fireworks.
The chances of celebrating the victory were very slim for the supporters of the Algerian
team and very big for the police to act ...
And that did not fail, the neighborhood streets were flooded the day after tear gas
canisters and bullets of LBD ... and the many videos show a neighborhood under the gas.
We also send our messages of support to the umpteenth victim of the LBD which has again
caused the loss of an eye to a young supporter of the Algerian team, Soufiane (from
In other cities as well, the same postcolonial techniques were used by the police, when
they were not arrested by the city, promulgated by mayors nostalgic of French Algeria, who
have outright banned any gathering !
... and racist militias in action
The hate speeches of politicians do not hesitate to demand that the Algerian flags be
banned, or establishing a difference of nationality between those celebrating victory and
the French "with blood" ; have over the days prompted the passage of organized racist groups.
These groups had "carte blanche" this Friday, July 19 to spread their hatred and attack
fans and supporters of the Algerian team: they were able to walk in the city center,
hooded and armed with iron bars and telescopic batons.
Several attacks have been reported on social networks, then on the local and finally
national media (and fortunately that videos have been able to support the testimonies).
But is it a surprise in Lyon ?
Organized groups located in the city
At the end of June, the radical right-wing radical group "Génération Identitaire" welcomed
the reopening of its "l'Agogé" fighting room reserved for the nationalists (to understand
people of white color) and the one of his local "La Traboule" (in September).
This premises, which has been closed temporarily by the City of Lyon for its upgrading to
safety standards, is a place of spreading hatred and learning violence: this kind of place
allows the passage to the act in the public space as was the case on the evening of July 19th.
Generation Identitaire had also warned the "authorities" in a statement dated June 26 that
can be found on the social network page of the group "Gonitude" (the old official page
Identity Generation was banned).
We quote: "Génération Identitaire gives a month to the authorities to put an end to the
violence of gangs of scum."And" that'swhy we will resume if necessary, as in 2014,
anti-scum patrol tours in the Presqu'ile de Lyon if the authorities do not put an end to
these events. "
The intention was clear for Generation Identitaire: to hunt in the street all that does
not correspond to their vision of France and to act physically.
How can such a group still have two premises open to the public, including a whistle-free
sports hall and a room for training right-wing activists ?
Do we need other passages so that finally these premises are permanently closed ?
Although Génération Identitaire has a responsibility for the acts of violence of 19 July,
the militants of this group have probably been joined by hooligans Lyon customary violence
at the stadium and in the city center of Lyon.
Just see the band that met the week before in Bourgoin Jailleu for a friendly match of the
OL and the concert that takes place after the match in a neighboring bar ...
An article published a particular picture where we see "supporters" making Nazi greetings
and the same evening a concert of the group "return match" whose emblem on FB includes the
Totenköpf ( SS badge ).
This fringe of "supporters" attending the stadium and moving in away games clearly shows
his ideology (defense of the white race), and no doubt that to see supporters of the
Algerian team several times to celebrate. victory of their team had to mobilize them ...
This is not the first time that it happens: one remembers the "hunt" against the Turkish
supporters when the Besiktas came 2 years ago ...
Communist Libertarian Union - Lyon
As a reminder, the Communist Libertarian Union is a new libertarian communist organization
created on June 10, 2019. It is the result of more than a year and a half of consultation
between the Coordination of Anarchist Groups and Libertarian Alternative.
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