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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Roberval: More cops as basic needs are more pressing (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 23 Sep 2022 09:38:25 +0300

In Roberval, the fire at the Georges-Henri Lévesque library on August 24 provoked many reactions. A regional newspaper, L'Etoile du Lac, speaks of an increase in the feeling of insecurity in the area. The fire started following two fires of garbage cans probably lit in a voluntary way in front of the library and the Plaza Roberval, an adjacent shopping center. Another suspicious fire in the same town made headlines the next day, this time in a derelict building waiting to be demolished. Suspicions were then turned towards a "squatter" who may have accidentally started the fire. While these two incidents strongly testify to the misery and social problems that plague the community, in the authoritarian worldview, the culprit is found, it is the poor, and the expected response is even more police and monitoring.

Meaningful statistics do not exist, but homelessness and poverty have been more visible in Roberval for a number of years. Some elements of the situation such as the arrival of prison and a shortage of affordable housing could be pointed out, but the problem is much deeper. It originates in the widening chasm that separates the social classes and the different communities of the sector. The insecurity that the regional press talks about is actually the fear of the poor, those people they would prefer to see less visible, incarcerated, institutionalized or moved elsewhere, because the poor disturb the tranquility of businesses, condominiums and tourists. Thinking of solving the social problem of poverty by increasing social control and increasing the judicial system is foolishness. It means doing even more harm to the most vulnerable and further destroying the social solidarity that is so sorely lacking. Meanwhile, we learned this week that, despite all the efforts of the Mamik Center of Lac-Saint-Jean in the direction of the realization of a project of 24 housing units intended for Aboriginal families in Roberval, the project is still awaiting adequate funding from the Société d'Habitation du Québec. In doing so, it is a temporary camp that will soon be erected on the land of the housing project.

Mutual aid and solidarity are the necessary bases for the development of strong, inclusive and anti-racist communities. Class society and its world do just the opposite to spread distrust and predation. L'Etoile du Lac shared this week the slanders of condominium owners in downtown Roberval about a homeowner they allowed themselves to diagnose with Diogenes syndrome. It goes a long way when it's published in a newspaper. They demanded purely and simply an eviction of the lady when she is the owner and has no connection with the fires. In another article, tradeswomen affected by the fire indicated that the circulation of poor and itinerant people in the street made them feel in danger. To read this leaf of cabbage, it is quite a drama for people in means to have to live with a popular district.

An anarchist from Pekuakami
by Emma Goldman Collective

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