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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL press release: Municipal: fiasco and state irresponsibility (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:01:16 +0200

Record abstention rates in municipal elections (around 55%) show that many have put their health and that of the community before the injunctions to vote. ---- The maintenance of the municipal election illustrates the state's neglect to manage this health crisis like the whole of society and should encourage us to organize ourselves on other bases, egalitarian and self-managed, breaking with the electoral logic. ---- Many voters have shown far more responsibility and common sense than the government in abstaining from voting on Sunday. ---- The state maintained at all costs the municipal ballot putting political interests above public health ; complicated to be credible when we call on the population to avoid displacement, when we prohibit gatherings of more than 100 people while calling citizens to the polls. Complicated but above all irresponsible in the context of a pandemic. And vain, because reality is stubborn and the second round of these elections finally had to be postponed. So useless, derisory and offbeat to engage in an analysis of the results ...

The management of this election, like many aspects of this health crisis, shows that the State is absolutely not the guarantor of the general interest, even when vital questions are at stake.

By the destruction for several years of the public health service, by its delay in taking strong sanitary measures to protect the population, by its disconnection with the realities of real social functioning and because it puts capitalist economic interests first, the State is not a recourse but rather a brake to organize itself rationally.

The record rate of abstention during these Municipalities was greatly amplified by the Covid-19 crisis. But abstention has been rooted for years in distrust of politicians, in the broader understanding that it is not the heads of the system that we need to change but the system itself. There is no doubt that the management of the Municipalities by the government will not slow this trend. Faced with theft on our pensions and our social conquests, facing environmental challenges, facing risks to our health, we can only count on ourselves: breaking with the electoral and statist logic, self-organizing in our struggles as in all areas of our lives, to build a society on self-management bases.

Libertarian Communist Union, March 16, 2020

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