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(en) UCL, Bruxelles: A rally in the face of murder in our community is, and must be, political (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 4 May 2021 10:57:56 +0300

Several of us then decided to participate in the rally organized by Rainbow House and its members. We also wanted to make a comeback, which was delayed, to the point where we wondered if it was not "a little late to talk about it". ---- Finally, it seemed essential to us to refuse this instinct to prescribe. On the contrary, it is by continuing to talk about it that we bring our memory to life and prevent History from forgetting the names of our dead. ---- It is political to remember that nothing is trivial in the stories of murders, which homophobia and transphobia have killed and continue to kill. ---- One of our comrades who was at the said rally was accompanied by a sign "Justice and Police accomplices".
Justice and Police accomplices
Indeed, justice questioned the homophobic nature of the murder, yet objectively apparent: the suspects had already committed at least two other assaults on homosexuals and were therefore known to the police. It therefore seems clear to us that these two institutions once again have a responsibility in the face of our deaths.

Very quickly, the person was refused entry by the organizers as well as by the police themselves, who explained to him that "the rally was not political".

We reject this position, and say the opposite: everything about a rally in the face of murder in our community is, and must be, political.

We see in this a recovery, usual of the violence suffered by our communities, on the part of the institutions, and we denounce it. If we respect the bereavement of the family and express our full support for it, this in no way removes the need to politicize this type of event, which is not foreign to us.

It is our right and duty to take hold of this drama to include it in the continuity of Queer history, because it is also the history of the members of our oppressed, marginalized, and killed communities.

It is essential to shout loudly that

SI, this murder is homophobic!
That it is not negligible that the police knew the suspects for other homophobic assaults but that the murder was still committed.

That the murder of an LGBT person in a municipality that votes 55% for n-va and vlaams belang is not a simple detail.

That it is not trivial either that this assassination took place during a pandemic where our usual meeting places between Queer people were torn from us, pushing us to meet in unsafe places, like the park where David Polfiet was killed.

We refuse to allow institutions to speak for us in a depoliticized way, and we no longer want to give them the opportunity to do so.

We also want to note that a collective outrage is usually eased when it comes to dealing with the murder of a cis man; the politicization of his memory should not overwhelm that of all of our other dead trans, dykes, TDS, racialized, precarious, and should not promote the sole liberation of male speech.

Finally, it should be noted that it has been barely a month since this crime was committed and already, we have heard no more about it.

Silence is murderous in that it protects and contributes to this heteropatriarchal justice that we no longer want.

We will act so that this stops and that our gatherings are proud to be political.

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