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(en) France, UCL AL #338 - Spotlight, Against the Racist State: No to Operation Wuambushu! (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 May 2023 09:39:36 +0300

While we have been in the midst of a social movement against the pension reform for more than three months, the state offensives against exiles continue and intensify. The Libertarian Communist Union is a signatory of the platform "No to Operation Wuambushu!» the text of which we transcribe here. ---- From April 22, the date of the end of Ramadan, the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Gérald Darmanin and the French government are planning a violent operation against residents of Mayotte from other islands of the Comoros . Named "Wuambushu", it was discreetly validated by Emmanuel Macron in the defense council in the name of the fight against "delinquency" and "informal housing". On the program: 400 daily evictions for a total of 24,000 evictions over two months, destruction of 10% of informal settlements on the island per day: the State is preparing to throw into the streets and evict thousands of people and warns teachers that some of their students will "disappear". For the occasion, 500 additional police officers are expected as reinforcements, including police officers from the CRS8 or ERIS to support the RAID and the GIGN already on site.

In a cynical way, the State is also counting on the almost total and systematic impossibility of seizing a judge in order to be able to act in defiance of any legal framework. If "Wuambushu" is launched, it is therefore for an unleashing of violence that we must prepare, within the framework of a military-police operation which is part of the continuity of the authoritarian hardening of the government and its violent repression. strangers. The current offensive is moreover justified by a far-right discourse, making Comorians and foreigners the culprits of the social situation on the island and of all the evils that affect its inhabitants. This masks the reality of a territory where 77% of the inhabitants of the island live below the poverty line and where the unemployment rate reaches 34%, but above all the origin of this misery.

France is however historically responsible for a schizophrenic situation since it tore Mayotte from the Comoros archipelago in the mid-1970s to maintain positions in the Indian Ocean. Since 1976, twenty resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly have affirmed the sovereignty of the Comoros over the island of Mayotte, which officially remained under French domination. The newly amputated independent Comorian state found itself struggling with a caricatural neocolonial policy, which left this country bloodless. While the permanent policy of community division, consubstantial with colonialism, increasingly anchored Mahoran society to France, making the island an overseas territory and then a department.

Colonial management
The State has continuously tightened its migration policy and the reception conditions for foreigners and in particular for Comorians from other islands: introduction of the "Balladur visa" by Charles Pasqua in 1995, reduction of asylum application deadlines to seven days, hardening of the law of the land... Exceptional laws which have given rise to a hunt for undocumented migrants, who come and go on makeshift boats, taking disproportionate risks and creating a veritable marine cemetery between Mayotte and the neighboring island of Anjouan. In 2016, La Cimade estimated the human toll of this policy at more than 12,000 dead at sea, this data not being updated due to a deliberate policy of hiding the dead.

We strongly denounce "Wuambushu". This demonstration of security force will only worsen an already dramatic situation and provide the State with a laboratory for its migration policy which will be further tightened with the next immigration law. The fight against the operation is inseparable from the fight to roll back the authoritarian offensive in progress. It is therefore essential that all the organizations of the social movement take it up and also mobilize on April 29, the next date of demonstration against the government's future immigration bill.

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