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(en) France, UCL AL #318 - Culture, Read: Piqueray, La Réfractaire: 85 years of anarchy. (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Aug 2021 09:47:43 +0300

May Piqueray (1898-1983) crossed the XX e animated century by uprising. Antimilitarist and resistant to all injustices, refusing to shake hands with Trotsky or fabricating false papers even in the offices of the Vichy authorities, rubbing shoulders with Makhno, Emma Goldman, Marius Jacob, she will not stop fighting. Abused by her mother, who has never forgiven her for having almost died when giving birth, "placed" at eleven years old with a butter merchant, " entered into anarchy" by instinct, imprisoned several times, secretary of Alexandre Berkman, tireless activist, the story of his life testifies to an intransigence of character and unfailing courage.

Thus, she will obtain from Trotsky the release of Russian anarchists, although she intoned in his presence The Triumph of anarchy , by Charles D'Avray. Close to Louis Lecoin, she will share all his anti-militarist battles and his fight in favor of conscientious objectors.

It will supply the Spanish refugees in the camps of the south of France, will create the newspaper Le Réfractaire in 1974, will take part in the mobilizations for Larzac and against the nuclear power station of Creys-Malville, at the end of July 1977 in particular. Until her last day, she will claim to be an anarchist: "No, I do not disapprove of this qualifier, with the grotesque indignation of such ignorant of words or such strong supporters of regime, who, through ignorance or hypocrisy, diverted the term from its meaning by giving it the meaning of " disorder". In my conscience, anarchy means: without a struggle of ambition, without envy of the neighbor, without murderous hatreds, since the term "anarchist" excludes any leader, any master, any despotism and all de facto domination which only engenders wars and easements. » Fascinating autobiography, judiciously re-edited by Libertalia editions.

Ernest London (UCL Le Puy-en-Velay)

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