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Brutaliteten – Macronismens störande bakgrundsljud… [Debatt / sjutton parlamentsledamöter i Liberation]

juli 21, 2019


Från Steve Canicos försvinnande till Zineb Redouannes död, parlamentsledamöter i LFI varnar för polisens  oproportionerliga våld. De ser detta våld som ett hot mot rättsstaten.

Översatt från : Par Les députés de la France insoumise, photo Rémy Artiges pour Libération —  (mis à jour à Liberation

För tre veckor sedan försvann Steve Canico i Loire. Dansande på ett techno-evenemang på Musikfestival sjönk den 24-åriga mannen i floden som resultat av en polisinsats. Att Steve hamnade i floden är inte ett resultat av en olycka. Videor från polisevakueringen visar ett brutalt polisingripande. I moln av tårgas över partymänniskorna, i blixtarna från cirkulationsgranaterna, i stötarna från batonger och sköldar hördes desperata röster från de unga människorna. ”Det är vatten här bakom,  Loire , floden…” ”Det är folk i vattnet” ”Det kommer sluta illa”

Ett dussin av festdeltagarna hamnar i vattnet. [14 enligt brandkåren] när de drivs bakåt av polisen utan flyktväg. Steve kunde inte simma. Hans brott? Att förlänga med andra, en halvtimma av musikfesten.  Och idag? Var är Steve nu?

Våldets kompromisslöshet

Den fråga som många ställer sig är vari ligger statens ansvar när staten går i god för att polisingripandet var proportionerligt? Var är medkänslan med offren när organisatörerna för en solidaritetsfest varnas med ord som ”anordnandet av olaglig festverksamhet” Var finns viljan till att skipa rättvisa när IGPN fråntas fallet för att istället inleda en administrativ utredning när staten hindrar polisens internutredning att undersöka de ansvariga för operationen?


Polisoperation i Nantes: myndigheternas version motsägs av videor

[Resten i engelsk översättning- The rest in english translation]

During this tragic night, Steve became, despite himself, the face of a compromised democracy, diminished by an incessant recourse to violence. This brutality has become the background noise of macronism and the worst thing is that we will get used to it. We are not fooled by the strategy of power: after having made every effort to weaken what is called the intermediary bodies, it now attacks the bodies of flesh. By covering the movements of protest with a vengeance of violence to radicalize them, it aims to render them inaudible. The media headlines about the damage, count the victims, film the clashes in an incessant ”riot porn”, and we all lose sight of the essential. An eternal figure of political contempt, which consists in refusing to consider one’s opponent for his (pro) positions in order to better enclose him in the catch-all category of the ”agitator”. Yellow vests, environmental activists, teachers, activists from working-class neighborhoods, sex workers … All find themselves amalgamated by a power that has become allergic to the opposition and that only responds to them by brutality.


Political demands are diluted in the spectacle of violence, and there is nothing left in the minds other than a vast social chaos designed to legitimize the recourse to violence. Dialogue and negotiation are not part of the arsenal deployed by the government. The methods of de-escalation of violence, which we have tirelessly advocated in the Assembly, are rejected. But what could have been expected of a President of the Republic for whom some ”are nothing”? The police brutality at work for many months is the armed hand of presidential contempt.


This repression sometimes turns to the absurd as it is disproportionate. On June 28, when a few dozen peaceful protesters staged a sit-in to protest against the government’s inaction on the ecological issue, the police sprayed 5 liters of tear gas on them, causing the loss of consciousness of the commander in charge of operations.


The rule of law

Public freedoms, essential ingredients for a democratic life, are clearly threatened. The UN, like many NGOs and even human rights defender Jacques Toubon, have repeatedly warned. No, it is not normal to die at the age of 80 with a tear gas grenade while one closes one’s windows. Her name was Zineb Redouane. No, it is not acceptable to be a police officer at age 73, to have his ribs broken and his skull fractured while being calm. Her name is Geneviève Legay. No, it is not acceptable that so many yellow vests are injured while they are demonstrating or being misused in custody. No, it is not acceptable to die at age 24 by being stopped by the police. His name was Adama Traoré. No, it’s not acceptable to go dancing on the night of the Music Festival never to come back. His name is Steve.

The President of the Republic considered it ”unacceptable to speak of police violence in a state of law”. Does this mean, if they constitute a matrix of his policy, that we have left the banks? While one of the largest German dailies, Die Welt, was titling on the French police ”the most brutal in Europe”, it is vital for our democracy to question the use that the state makes of police and justice. And under this quinquennium, it is no more acceptable that an opposition party, France insubordinate, undergo such a deluge of searches, worthy of the hunt for banditry. It is not acceptable that a seat of critical media is thoroughly searched, regardless of the secrecy of the sources. The situation is extremely serious and we call for an awareness and combativeness at the level of attacks on the rights and fundamental freedoms that this ultraliberal and manifestly authoritarian power feeds.

When brutality and small arrangements with law are used to replace political debate with increasingly futile indignation, democracy turns into an old moon. Where is Steve? The indifference displayed by the government makes it one of the many forgotten. We must find Steve and with him, the sense of public freedoms.

The 17 deputies France insubordinate: Clementine Autain, Ugo Bernalicis, Eric Coquerel, Alexis Corbiere, Caroline Fiat, Bastien Lachaud, Michel Larive, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Daniele Obono, Mathilde Panot, Loic Prud’homme, Adrien Quatennens, Jean-Hugues Ratenon, Muriel Ressiguier, Sabine Rubin, Francois Ruffin, Bénédicte Taurine.

The deputies of France insubordinate photo Rémy Artiges for Libération



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