Two leaflets about recent events. More detail will follow later.
Two leaflets, roughly translated:
Tuesday 19th October: Nanterre – a day of resistance!
For several days, the lyceens (High school students) of Nanterre have been on strike, blocking their schools. At the end of last week, the movement was heavily repressed. The forces of order beat up several youths during a demo. A lot of serious injuries, numerous arrests and trials set for December 2nd.
Today, just as the school students were about to block their school again, they saw, as they arrived, the “forces of order” had already been mobilised . Faced with being prevented from continuing their movement, tension mounted up until a confrontation.
Us students were there and demonstrated their support for the school students against police brutality. After the General Assembly of the University we demonstrated in support of the school students, walking from the High School to a gathering in front of the police station there to denounce the repression and the arrests of dozens of High and Middle School students!
They call them “casseurs”...?
From the Right and the Left and taken up, for the most part, by the media, the High school students on strike have been treated as “casseurs coming from the estates”. The words “ High school students” or “youths” are never used to describe them. Why? To delegitimise their struggle. To make these youths seem like uncontrollable savages who ultimately deserve such treatment. To vastly intensify the fear of “public opinion” when the police speak of “urban guerrillas or “organised casseurs”. Except these youths are High school students on strike, revolted by the condition of their lives. The real “casseurs” are those who produce this anger, those who demolish our social benefits, who privatise, who promote racist laws and laws for our “security”!
Where is the police repression?
Why don't they speak about Geoffrey, the High school student from Montreuil who had a flashball fired into his eye last Thursday and risks losing an eye? Why don't they speak about the High school student in Caen who had his skull smashed? Or about the numerous police interventions in the High schools which ended up with loads of injuries and mutilations?
The bourgeoisie and their media go-betweens has launched these events, which explains the fury of the High school students. For far too long now the youths of the popular areas have been represented as barbarians, almost animals who in the end deserve their social condition and who have to be brutally put down when they dare contest their situation.
On whose side must the social movement be?
The social movement must support these young people – their revolt is just, legitimate and they are th first to be effected by the present social situation. Their fight is ours' – we must be part of it!
Let's create committees of struggle whose bases are workers, students, High school students facing the development of fascistic conditions.
Solidarity with the striking High school students! Down with the repression!
For the unity of the struggle: workers, students, High school students!
In Paris: youths attacked by the demonstration stewards of the CGT, Tuesday 19th October 2010
CGT demonstration stewards, cop pigs – same struggle!!
During the demo this last Tuesday, 19th October, the demo stewards of the CGT, collaborated with the cops (everybody knows - it's no secret) who committed new forms of violence when encountering some young demonstrators who were marching joyfully and noisily, whilst burning some flares. It seems obvious that the colour of their skin determined the choice of youth beaten. We witnessed some really nasty violence used (beatings with truncheons, tear gassing). Lots of youths were really shocked, not understanding anything any more - “We did nothing – why did the police do that?” ...We encircled the demo stewards in order to try to calm the situation – but we also immediately received, in response, beatings with sticks and tear gas. They were immediately joined by plain clothed cops, openly happy to have their “work” facilitated by them. We didn't see the arrests, but it's not outside th bounds of possibility that the demo stewards handed the kids over to the cops. People talk a lot about the “gratuitous violence of the casseurs”, but very little about that of the cops (several serious injuries at demos and blockades, lots of arrests, kids locked in the cells) and that of the complicity of the racist demo stewards.
Some striking demonstrators
Certainly these texts over-simplify things a bit, but they are a good slap in the face for all those who crudely ideologise all "casseurs" as thugs.
A great deal more has happened, and certainly more can and will be said. But for the moment, I'll leave it at that.