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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire February 2012 - State crimes - racist police violence, climbing! (fr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:55:38 +0200


Wissam in Clermont-Ferrand, Abdel Aulnay, within days, two young adults died after crossing the path of the police. They swell a list of murders already very long. It is time to react and solidarity around the struggle for truth and justice ... -- In Clermont-Ferrand, the young Wissam el Yamni died in a coma after a beating by police rule the New Year's Day. It's only ten days after that, Aulnay, the young Abdel el Jabri dies of cardiac arrest after also crossed on his way police officers. Officially, they were not responsible. Among the inhabitants and residents, this lack of accountability does not pass. These deaths are in addition to a growing number of unpunished police violence in recent years. At the same time, took place the trial of the officers responsible for the death by suffocation of Akim Ajimi in Grasse in 2008 as well as responsible for the death of Ali Ziri, a chibanis 60 years at Argenteuil in 2009, which resulted to a dismissal on January 8th! It is unacceptable that the police can kill with impunity!

These murders are only the tip of the iceberg. Hiding behind the violence Controls rehearsals and racial profiling, police custody, insults, it is the immediate appearances, incarceration sometimes several years without probation, without sufficient evidence, only on the testimony of police officers or denunciations. It is also the humiliation felt by parents, relatives and local residents. Committees for justice do not hesitate to talk about trauma.

The arm of the colonial social order and

Each time, the victims are 'black' or 'Arab'. These are hate crimes, including police, crimes unpunished, does not hesitate. The link is more to do with the state policy of anti-immigrant and the usual stigma of the "young commuter." The police order must be regarded as the guarantor of social order: the police have always been a weapon of defense of the state and the bourgeoisie against the protests by workers or the protection of private property against the "rogue" come from poor neighborhoods.

But the policy also guarantees a colonial order with the historical roots: in the last century, the State made an order to rule much worse in the colonies, the daily repression to colonial crimes of mass, Setif and Guelma in 1945 the "Secret War" in Cameroon between 1946 and 1962 - 100,000 dead - via Madagascar in 1946 - 80,000 dead - and not to mention the Indochina and Algeria.

In the latter case, Algerian workers have suffered mass repression in the metropolis whose climax was the massacre of 17 October 1961 [ 1 ].

Barb is a racist crime

Today, it is difficult to imagine that a massacre of this magnitude happens again on French territory. Yet it is more than 200 deaths in 30 years due to police violence. Racism of this violence is not only the agents but the result of systemic racism inherent in state policies. From the perspective of the police's role is to maintain republican order in the cities, to punish the wearing of the burka, to hunt Roma and undocumented migrants, the threat is foreign, it has the complexion tanned and cultural codes unorthodox! Yet this key police impunity beyond the victims 'racialized' usual: Denis Godard, activist and Act'up NPA, was hit by a police officer in a police station of the third district of Paris for whistling the Internationale .

By his own admission, this would obviously have been worse had he not been a white man of 47 years [ 2 ]: we are not all equal before the police. Despite this escalation, class solidarity slow to pick up and responsiveness during the repression of social movements is not the face of police violence.

For example, a few months after the massacres of October 17, 1961, eight militants killed in anti-colonial French metro Charonne. The memory will retain the social movement for decades that these eight people, forgetting the hundreds of Algerians massacred. At the 60th year of Charonne, you must not accept such a difference in treatment.

A fight global neighborhoods

Important gatherings were held in Grasse on January 7 in memory of Akim Ajimi Argenteuil and 14 to file a plaque in memory of Ali Ziri. Now the response is organized at the national level, the various committees for truth and justice are trying to regroup. Thus on January 14, committee members support Akim Ajimi were mounted Grasse and Marseille to Clermont-Ferrand to participate in the march to Wissam, while committee members Wissam were mounted at the same time at Argenteuil which were Also present were members of Aulnay where a march was held the night before. Friday 20, a rally was held in memory of Akim Ajimi at the Fontaine des Innocents in Paris: so much solidarity initiatives represent a hope for uniting all these long battles carried out in isolation.

Faced with this solidarity that is taking place, the social movement must be unified in turn, by understanding that the police racist crimes are the climax of class violence against which we struggle.

Thus, while fighting against unemployment, discrimination and destruction of public services, which increasingly segregate cities, we must require the condemnation of the police and denounce the colonial state policy at work. Is currently organizing a campaign in this direction: the "Spring neighborhoods." It remains to define leverage and action to combat areas. Just as workers are putting pressure on the state and capitalists by strikes and lock the economy, neighborhoods must work to put pressure on these wheels. Otherwise, it will always be the revolt of riotous mode which will replace this as the only means of expressing public anger in these neighborhoods.

Nicolas Pasadena (Board of Alternative racist libertarian)

[ 1 ] See Alternative libertarian No. 210 of October 2011

[ 2 ] "Now they must cut the whistle to the cops," Denis, You tube
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