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(en) France, UCL AL #316 = Antifacism, French and Turkish nationalist in Lyon: extreme impunity (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 08:09:17 +0300
For years, Lyon has been a laboratory of the most radical far right. The violent
demonstrations of its members against union activists, far left, libertarians and
anti-fascists, with the implicit complicity of the political powers, are legion.
The events of the last few weeks mark their impunity as much as they strengthen
our determination. ---- By shouting in demonstrations, it sometimes happens that
we lose sight of the material reality of what we are protesting against. "No
fascists in our neighborhoods, no neighborhood for fascists", "Fascism is
gangrene, we eliminate it or we die of it", these slogans seem worn out, as if
they came from another time. ---- And then sometimes, reality catches up with us
and hits us right in the face. This is what happened to us in Lyon for a few
months, with an iron bar, punches in the face and concrete blocks in the windows.
Black feather and House of Mesopotamia attacked
On Saturday March 20 at 2 p.m., our La Plume noire bookstore located on the
slopes of Croix-Rousse, was attacked by around fifty hooded far-right activists ;
while a harvest of basic necessities for the beneficiaries of the association For
Social Equality and Ecology (Pese) was held in the premises.
This time, it was with cobblestones that the Nazilions smashed the front door and
the windows; some tried to enter to physically assault the eight people inside.
Fortunately, repelled by our activists, they did not manage to enter and
therefore did not physically injure anyone.
On Saturday March 20 at 2 p.m., our La Plume noire bookstore was attacked by
around fifty hooded far-right activists. This attack was prepared since the
announcement of the dissolution of Generation Identity.
This attack was premeditated, prepared since the announcement of the dissolution
of Generation Identity on March 3, 2021. More than the premises of the UCL, it is
the symbol of the place that was attacked. A living place of struggle open to
everyone to discuss and organize themselves, but also to come and seek direct
solidarity, through food or clothing. It is for everything that the place holds
as popular, anti-fascist and revolutionary value that La Plume noire remains year
after year a privileged target of the extreme right.
Indeed, this is not the first time that our bookstore has been attacked: in 1997,
it was the victim of an arson; in 2016, around thirty masked individuals broke
the windows and tried to enter the premises; in December 2020, two volunteers
from the Pese association were beaten up.
The Black Feather and its activists are not the only ones to be targeted by the
fascists. At the same time in the 7 th district of Lyon, Gray Wolves, a Turkish
fascist group, have also attacked the house of the Mesopotamia Cultural local
Kurdish our comrades struggling for years against Daech one side and Erdogan the
other. If this first attack was courageously repulsed, without causing any
injuries in the Kurdish camps, this was not the case for the second on Saturday,
This time, the Gray Wolves attacked, heavily armed with iron bars, bats and brass
knuckles, causing two minor injuries and two serious injuries among our comrades.
How can we not see the fascist rise to power which is now expressed every week in
our lives, more and more violently, and with complete impunity?
After the attack on The Black Plume, the police dared to come and tell us that
the fascists had been spotted from the start by surveillance cameras, but that it
had been decided not to intervene, supposedly for lack of effective.
Showing the same complacency, the prefecture, by means of pathetic manipulations
(and subsequently invalidated in court) and pressure blows on our activists
(visit of armed cops at home, repeated fines during a press conference), finally
banned anti-fascist mobilization.
This is a very clear political act: to allow the fascists to injure and destroy,
to muzzle and criminalize the anti-fascist response. In the same way for our
Kurdish comrades, the authorities let the Gray Wolves attack them twice at two
week intervals, but with a great deal of gas, the Kurds' demonstration is blocked.
But what are the police doing ? Between inaction and complacency
We do not expect anything from the State and its armed wing, but this tolerance
towards these successive attacks is clear new proof of the impunity of far-right
groups in Lyon. The inaction of the state structures in the face of the extreme
right here and elsewhere, and its relentlessness against the anti-fascist camps
leaves the field open to all follies.
Taking advantage of this omnipotence, the fascists strike more and more often and
harder and harder. We know for a fact that the attack on The Black Plume has a
direct link with the dissolution of Generation Identity (GI). This attack was
claimed the next day by an inscription on our premises "we do not dissolve a
generation, learn the lesson".
Since the dissolution of GI, our social camp suspected that a violent action was
preparing either against a progressive demonstration, or against activists or
identified groups. In order to stop this fascist rise to power, for us
libertarian communists, there is only one way: union. To silence and retreat,
wherever it is found, in all the forms it takes, fascist hatred.
For us, this means working on a daily basis for a broad and popular anti-fascism:
in our collectives, but also our unions, our associations, at work, in the
street. Wherever we are, work for a strong anti-racist social movement and class
So yes, fascism is still gangrene, we eliminate it or we die of it.
Myriam (UCL Lyon)
Tribute to the victims of the far right
On Saturday April 10, the Paris Anti-Fascist Coordination organized a first
unitary anti-fascist demonstration, a few weeks after the semi-failure of the
demonstration in support of Generation Identity, and the strong repression which
then hit the anti-fascist activists who had called for a cons -gathering. The
Jeune Garde Paris, Solidaires, the UCL and the CNT were keen to demonstrate that
the cobblestones of Parisian streets did not belong to the fascists. On that side
it was a successful bet.
Between 1,000 and 1,200 people marched from Château-d'Eau to Châtelet, braving
the rain ... and strict supervision of mobile gendarmes. The procession gradually
grew, the intimidating presence of the pandores was fortunately counterbalanced
by a procession particularly animated by classical hymns and drums of the Young
Guard. In the speeches before the demonstration, a tribute was paid to the
victims of the extreme right, including our comrade Clément Méric who fell eight
years ago under the blows of neo-Nazi skinheads.
A demonstration will be organized on June 5 to pay tribute to the memory of our
comrade.This first initiative of the very recent Paris anti-fascist coordination
must appeal to others and allow an extension to other unions, political and
feminist, anti-racist associations. , etc. Against the extreme right, we must
develop and sustain a unitary social response.
#316 Nationaliste français et turcs à Lyon: l'extrême impunité
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