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(en) Union Communiste Libertaire - Lyon: Police violence and racist militia trained and organized (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date 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 Saint-Bel).

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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