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(en) France, UCL - Macron report #9: Anti-repression (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 10 May 2022 09:11:38 +0300


From the Yellow Vests to the dissolution of Palestine will win, from Steve Maia Caniço to Jean-Paul, this five-year term will have been inscribed under the sign of authoritarianism and violence. A look back at five years of repression of social movements. ---- Amplification of the repression of social movements ---- From the Yellow Vests to the dissolution of Palestine will win, this quinquennium will have been inscribed under the sign of the violent repression of social movements. ---- With the massive use of de-encirclement grenades and LBD40s, mobile traps and the appearance of BRAV-Ms, causing at least 2,500 injuries, dozens of mutilated for example and causing the death of Zineb Redouane in particular, the Yellow Vests movement is only a new stage in the rise of violence and the militarization of the police initiated in 2005.

Overseas, it was the army that directly intervened to repress social and anti-colonial demands. Administrative and judicial repression has also taken a new step, with bans on demonstrations (fines of €135 in particular) or mass preventive arrests. Finally, we must remember the passage of the so-called "Global Security" law and the implementation of the new National Law Enforcement Scheme (SNMO) in 2021, which strengthen the technical and legal arsenal of law enforcement ( drones, cameras, etc.).

A police that empowers itself
Outside the demonstrations, the police have injured and killed massively, from Steve Maia Caniço to Jean-Paul a few days ago. At the same time, following the mobilizations in the face of the death of Cedric Chouviat, Castaner announced the abandonment of ventral plating and zero tolerance for racism in the police. Despite the weakness of these commitments, they were enough to spark demonstrations by the police, leading to the restoration of the ventral tackle and the replacement of Castaner by Darmanin at the Ministry of the Interior a month later.

This sequence illustrates the worrying empowerment of the police, able to impose their demands on the government through intimidation. We will recall in particular the factious rally in front of the National Assembly where the secretary general of the Alliance union declared that "the problem of the police is justice". But also free business travel by train and reduction on personal travel for armed police.

Thus, if the few promises to reform the police have obviously not been applied, such as the dismissal of violent, racist, homophobic police officers or the reminder of the compulsory wearing of the RIO, the police unionists note on the other hand "significant progress but still insufficient ", again recently with a revaluation of 5%.

In view of the reforms (retirement, university, etc.) that Macron is planning for this second five-year term, he can only count on his "police forces" to try to quell the popular mobilizations in reaction. It is therefore not surprising that Macron plans to double their number on the ground by 2030. His recent statements on the end of anonymity on the internet in favor of pseudonymity also raise fears of new measures on the control of digital exchanges and the management of personal data.

The Libertarian Communist Union, organized serenity commission, May 3, 2022.

See also our press release of April 24, 2022: Re-election of Macron: taking back control of our lives, our assessments of the quinquennium on anti-fascism, anti-patriarchy, anti-racism, ecology, international, youth, work , and digital freedoms.

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Bilan-Macron-9-Anti-repression
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