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(en) France, UCL press release: Earth Uprisings: a victory but an alert for public freedoms (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2023 09:28:28 +0200

The decision has been made: you cannot dissolve an uprising. The cancellation of the decree dissolving the Earth Uprisings by the Council of State is a victory for the environmental movement, and for the entire social movement! However, this victory is also a wake-up call. ---- On June 21, Gérald Darmanin, continuing the repression of the Sainte-Soline demonstration against the mega-basins, proclaimed the dissolution of the Earth Uprisings. After several months of legal battle, the Council of State finally overturned the government's decision. Justice ruled that dissolution could not be justified in the case of the Earth Uprisings, as the collective was not responsible for the violence that took place during the demonstration.

However, the Council of State did not only rule on their cases. He also confirmed that the Lyon and surroundings anti-fascist group, the Coordination against racism and Islamophobia, but also that the Alvarium (Angers identity group) remained dissolved. This dissolution is a consequence of the "Separatism" law, which sets new grounds for administrative dissolution, including the very vague "provocation of violence against property or people". By reading this concept extensively, the Council of State creates a dangerous precedent, which threatens the entire social movement.

Dissolution, a double-edged solution
If this announcement of the failure of the Macron government to dissolve the Earth Uprisings rejoices us, we are alarmed by the dissolution of the GALE and the CRI.

Indeed, although we do not share the political lines of these organizations, this is a worrying signal. If the dissolution of fascist groups like Alvarium seems useful at first glance, this solution is double-edged. The government puts the "extremes" back to back, claiming to attack all forms of violence. We are not fooled: the government's strategy is to muzzle social protest by using all forms of repression within its reach: police violence, criminal prosecution of activists, dissolutions, etc. Today it is the GALE and the CRI which are affected, tomorrow it could be any other collective, political organization or union opposing the government.

No to the criminalization of the social movement!
While the government dissolves the GALE, the fascist groups in Lyon still benefit from total impunity and the complacency of the prefecture and town hall. Despite the mobilization of the social movement, their premises remain open and their attacks go unpunished.

The dissolution of the CRI is anchored in the continuity of the dissolution of the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) in 2020, although the two entities are different. The signal sent remains a criminalization of the fight for equality and against racism. It encourages media and political harassment of Muslims under the guise of "fighting separatism" and religious extremism which, even if it may exist, finds its fuel precisely in this racist stigmatization.

The Uprisings of the Earth brought Darmanin to his knees. We are delighted but we must continue the ecological fight and against the dissolutions repressing the social movement. UCL denounces this new repressive attack. In the face of judicial repression, solidarity is our strength!

Libertarian Communist Union, November 10, 2023

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