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(en) France, UCL - Anti-fascism, Anti-fascist social forums: better understand the extreme right to better fight it (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2023 09:28:47 +0200

On November 12, the Anti-Fascist Social Forums (FSA) will be held in Villeurbanne, a day of debates and conferences to recall the importance of the fight against an extreme right which is increasingly increasing its influence and its violence. Among its targets, racialized people, LGBTI people and left-wing activists, including those from UCL. ---- Lyon, the "capital of Gaul", is best known today for being the "capital of the fascists". It is therefore near this city, in Villeurbanne, that the Antifascist Social Forums will take place on Sunday, November 12, at the initiative of the collective "Fermons les premises fascistes". This collective, of which UCL is a stakeholder, is fighting for the closure of places such as the La Traboule bar or the Agogé boxing gym, known for bringing together members of openly fascist and racist organizations. On the program for the day, discussions and debates around different themes such as the extreme right in power, its relationship to patriarchy, the propaganda tools it uses and how to fight against it.

In the streets as in the chamber, the far right in France is gaining ground. This extreme right-wing has even taken place within the State since a minister, Gérald Darmanin, formerly of Action Française, moved to a ministry as sensitive to our collective freedoms as the Ministry of the Interior. It is also the first time in France that a far-right party, the National Rally, has managed to obtain so many seats in the National Assembly during the last legislative elections. This disastrous arrival within the legislative power highlighted the ideological convergences and the alliances of circumstance between the party of Emmanuel Macron and that of Jordan Bardella. A convergence that came to light on the occasion of the access to the vice-presidency of the National Assembly of two RN candidates made possible, among other things, by the presidential majority.

If this arrival within political power is relatively recent, the presence of the extreme right in our streets is much older. And Lyon is one of the cities in which it has developed the most, to the point of no longer having to hide.

It is not uncommon, for more than ten years, to see the city of Lyon cited as the laboratory of the French extreme right. This may seem surprising because the National Front, and now the National Rally, do not achieve a high score in the various local elections (8.97% in the first round of the last legislative elections). However, it is in Lyon that many fascist and neo-Nazi groups are born, develop (and disappear for some). It is the same with attempts, rarely lasting, to open premises accessible to the public: Lyon serves as a launching pad and training ground for many far-right activists. How can we explain such a development of these groups and the cycles of violence that accompany it?

Even if Lyon is often identified as the capital of the Resistance, it nevertheless collaborated and kept certain traces of it. It is therefore no surprise that Lyon has for years inherited all the groups that the extreme right can count on: pseudo student union (GUD, Student Cocarde), Action Française, Identitaires (Identitaire Generation then Remparts), revolutionary nationalists (Lyon Populaire), school of identity executives (ISSEP of Marion Maréchal). She also had to fight attempts at unity by different groups such as the Social Bastion and the opening of premises to the public (Bunker Corps, Black Pavilion). Thanks to the mobilization of unitary collectives and residents, most of these premises have closed. Only the Traboule des Identitaires and its Agogé sports hall remain open; UCL and its allies will continue to tirelessly fight against these small groups.

The organization of the FSA therefore naturally finds its place in the UCL strategy of building unitary frameworks and organizing public meetings, with the leitmotif: understanding to fight better. Meet us at the FSA on November 12 at the CCVA in Villeurbanne (program accessible on the X account of "Let's close the fascist premises": https://twitter.com/FrmLesLocFascst). Siamo tutti e tutte antifascist!

GL Lyon

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