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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL AL #312 - Anti-fascism, Infiltration: Spot the fascists in the demonstrations (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:50:53 +0200

In recent weeks, demonstrations all over France have brought together several hundred thousand people against the so-called "global security " bill . We have seen here and there various attempts, fortunately unsuccessful, of the extreme right to try to fit into these gatherings. Decryption of a strategy. ---- Recurrently in recent years, the far right has attempted to infiltrate a number of massive demonstrations in several ways. ---- The first is to assume more or less openly to assert their confused ideas: it calls for a convergence of demonstrators claiming to be "anti-system" while denying the relations of domination in our society. Confusionism is based on often real problems, but simplifies their causes through conspiratorial rhetoric that deflect prospects from material struggles.

More insidious, these small groups are also trying to interfere in the demonstrations to blend in with the mobilization. Recently, a small far-right group, Vengeance patriote, posted itself on social networks to three activists (Alice Coffin, Assa Traoré and a libertarian activist). Their strategy is simple: show that they are present and can join processions without being recognized and / or released. Otherwise, they play the victimization card: " See, they are the extremists, the sectarians ". It also allows them to clear themselves of any violent action subsequently committed by their members.

However, when they have the chance, far-right groups opt for direct confrontation. Gathering in groups, generally taking up the codes of the "hooligans", they come directly to confront the social movement, to intimidate and break it with violence.

Patriotic revenge makes selfies
If they find many anti-fascist activists in their path, this is done at the cost of physically endangering these same activists. We faced it recently in Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon and Caen. Even if the fascists do not always attack, the purpose of rallying around the demonstrations is also to intimidate the participants and show their "strength". It follows the same logic as police repression: instilling fear among demonstrators to discourage mobilisations.

The far right only seeks to stifle social protest. It is not opposed to freedom-killing laws, does not care about the fact that they reinforce repression against the popular classes: the extreme right is even in favor, it has approved all the latest repressive and security laws.

It is therefore vital not to fall into their trap. It is necessary to be vigilant and not to leave them space in our mobilizations. To do this, we owe it to ourselves to highlight the need for the popular classes to self-organize in order to defend their class interests.

UCL Antifascist Commission

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