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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]
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
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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