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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #312 - Comprehensive security law: the government in complete insecurity (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 8 Jan 2021 11:42:09 +0200

In a context of political crisis and increasingly virulent questioning of the legitimacy of the police, the authorities are giving an additional security screw with the help of the law known as "global security". By even renouncing the democratic veneer - parliamentary debate and respect for fundamental freedoms - the government is taking risks, facing a front that is nevertheless crossed by divisions. ---- While it was possible to hope that this health crisis would trigger at least an investment of resources in the health system, the bourgeoisie is still working to plunder the meager conquests of the proletariat, with for example the pension reform. In order to prevent any resistance, the ruling class is building up its weapons, expanding its possibilities for surveillance and information gathering [1], as well as through laws on " separatism ", on programming for research, and and finally on " global security ". By also taking up the lexical field of the far right in her business, it is one of its most sinister forms that she now threatens to display.

The cup is full
Since the five-year term in Holland, power is no longer even encumbered with democratic formalities. Today, the so-called " global security " law can therefore benefit from an accelerated procedure and was adopted by the National Assembly on 24 November. The element of language then used to defend this law, and more particularly the controversial article 24 which prohibits the dissemination of images allowing the identification of the cops, is appalling: it would be a question of " protecting those who protect us ". This propaganda falls flat: the unbearable video of the beating of Michel Zecler, as well as the shocking images of the brutal evacuation of the tents and of more than 400 migrants on the Place de la République in Paris [2], come to prove the need to film the police in order to make visible their violence.

Beyond article 24, it is the entirety of this bill, the logic in which it fits, and finally all the repressive organs of the State which are here to denounce: or , spirits have already taken the lead. The mutilations and the volleys of beatings inflicted on the yellow vests during almost all of their gatherings, adding to the zealous attitude of the cops, have finished proving the dangerousness of the police to those and those who could have doubted it. .

In June, the assassination of George Floyd in the United States moved even in Europe. It is both against racism and police violence that in France the mobilization has united front organizations of relatives of victims of police violence, their supporters, as well as many young people. It is indeed the courage and tenacity of these organizations that have succeeded in making it a subject of society.

On November 28, a veritable tide of people marched against the global security law, in Paris and throughout France.
Convergences and collisions
Finally, the unions are not left out and do not hesitate to make the link between the grabbing of wealth by the bourgeoisie and repressive laws. Thus, all the numerous demonstrations and gatherings since November 17 claim a wide diversity of aspirations for more economic equality and more democracy. In Toulouse for example, the call for the demonstration of December 12 by the CGT of the CHU [3]headlines " An emergency plan for our health not for profits!" More social security, less overall security ". On the same day, in some cities, this approach was even to be associated with the struggles against the Islamophobia of the law on " separatism". ". The ground is therefore entirely favorable to the formulation and dissemination of the radical ideas of our camp.

However, it is not without divisions and hiccups. " Public freedoms and democratic life in our country (sic) are very seriously threatened " concludes an appeal to the Toulouse rally on November 17 [4]launched by Alternatiba. " The people of freedom marched everywhere in France against the Global Security law " [5]headlines a terrible press release from the StopLoiS SécuritéGlobale coordination denouncing the " degradation and violence " ... not of the police, but of the demonstrators ! The bourgeoisie no longer needs to divide us; those who tolerate violence only when it is the act of the bourgeois take care of it. At the same time, the love of posture and division making us really hit rock bottom, Solidaires and the CGT were physically targeted from inside the procession on Saturday, December 5 in Paris ; the following week, fearing a delusional police crackdown on one side and stabbing in the back on the other, several organizations withdrew their calls to demonstrate.

December 12, when the same security logic, the same authoritarianism are at work in the law of " global security " and in the law against " separatism ", and that therefore to stand united against these two laws seemed obvious [6], on unioncommunistelibertaire.org., The failed convergence of the December 12 demonstration left a bitter taste to organizations fighting against racism. As rallies and parades against Securitarism were canceled, protests against the Islamophobic offensive were isolated, in very small gatherings.

Finally, faced with a bourgeoisie which does not want to let go and which is preparing to put down any opposition, and while a large part of the population is ready to question the established order, it seems that the revolutionary solutions, taking the root problem are ready to be heard. In addition, there is still work to be done to overcome the divisions that undermine the movement even though there are no shortage of opportunities to stand up: point out the limits of complaints that always respect the established order, enforce the diversity of tactics: mass demonstrations and direct confrontations, the panoply must be complementary. A common enemy: power.

Géro (UCL Toulouse), with Austin


[1] "Return of the filing of political opinions and union membership", on reportsdeforce.fr.

[2] "Place de la République: the visible face of police violence against migrants", on rapportdeforce.fr.

[3] "November 21 for an emergency plan for health, not for profits", on cgtchutoulouse.fr.

[4] "National call for gatherings November 17 at 6 p.m. against the global security law", on universitepopulairetoulouse.fr.

[5] "The people of freedom marched everywhere in France against the" global security "law", on snjcgt.fr.

[6] "Against Islamophobia and the law on separatism: let's unite on December 12"

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