Last Thursday, around 1 million people in France took part in nationwide demonstrations against the government’s plans to “reform” the pension system, i.e. raising the age of entry and cut pensions. (1) Only members of the police are to be excluded, as the government stated just before the 5th of December, after trade union representatives of the cops had declared that they also wanted to take part in the protests. Work stoppages occurred mainly in the public sector, train cancellations of the state railways were high, metros were rare in the Paris metropolitan area and many bus lines were also cancelled. Flight operations were also disrupted. There were also extensive work stoppages among teachers and health workers, who have been fighting for months for better working conditions and better pay. In the private sector, there were hardly any strike actions, but since Thursday, work has been suspended in the majority of the major oil refineries, here the majority of the workers are organized in the CGT and the workforces are one of the last bastions of the classic, militant working class. At the same time, roads and roundabouts have been blocked nationwide, although to a much lesser extent compared to the beginnings of the Gilets Jaunes movement.
A review of the first big day of action and the attack on the new “pension reform” from the point of view of a participant.
This is a translation of the German version which was translated by Sebastian Lotzer. The original report was published by Paris-Luttes.
Continue reading “An impressive day” – review of the strike and demonstration in #Paris on December 5
Every day the catastrophe grows
The political game of alternatives has come to an end
Europe has totally closed its borders
Governments only hold on with their police
The big media are running out of arguments
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Paris. Shortly after the historic and almost total strike of September 13 at RATP, five unions – UNSA (majoritaire section), CFE-CGC (executives), FO, Sud RATP ( ousted from Solidaires), and Solidaires RATP – signed a joint statement calling for an unlimited strike as of December 5. Unlimited. Since then, there have been dozens of calls for renewal in all sectors, public and private. The Gilets Jaunes and students announced that they will join the actions. On December 5 there will be an internationalist block at the strike demo in Paris. What follows is the call for the internationalist bloc.
Continue reading #Paris: Call for an internationalist bloc at demo on the first day of unlimited strike
Lundi Matin wrote: “We received this anonymous text from Bordeaux. We liked it very much, so here it is.“
Continue reading Everything is burning already; Let us burn together!
French territory. On Friday the 8th of November, a 22-year-old student set himself on fire in front of the Lyon CROUS. He is still at this moment in an artificial coma.
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Let “things go on as before”: this is the catastrophe. It does not lie in what will happen, but in what, in every situation, is given.
It is the negative that we still have to do, the positive is already given to us.
Continue reading A few epistemological considerations for the attention of those who wish to rebel against extinction
For the coming weekend, the Gilets Jaunes are mobilizing nationwide to Paris to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of their movement. The Gilets Jaunes have announced actions on the Champs Elysees, occupations, spontaneous demos,…
In Nov/Dec last year, the state apparatus was repeatedly surprised, the most noble districts of the city centre were devastated, luxury shops and jewellery shops were looted (jewellery worth 2 million was stolen from Dior alone), and police units were forced to flee in many places. Here now the translation of the considerations of some Gilets Jaunes, which were originally published on Paris Luttes Infos and translated in German by Sebastian Lotzer. We translated his translation into English.
Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: A strategic essay on the weekend of November 16/17 in #Paris
The Gilets Jaunes are not just another strike or protest movement. They are in perpetual movement. There isn’t an “after.” Because there isn’t an end.
Continue reading For the #GiletsJaunes, there won’t be an “after”
The Gilets Jaunes, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, Guinea, Lebanon, Catalonia, and now Chile, these events mark the beginning of a new sequence of revolts.
We (Lundi Matin*) have received this written communiqué jointly from Santiago and Paris and hereby forwarded it.
Continue reading A New Approach: The Autumn of the Uprising
Walter Benjamin, in an early and originally unpublished essay, described capitalism as a religion, a purely cultic religion without dogma or theology; a religion in which things and deeds have meaning only in relation to the cult. The ends are set; it is the means that must be proscribed, enforced and submitted to. To ask why is to fail to understand the rituals, the meaning and value of things; it is to be outside the religion.
Continue reading The #GiletsJaunes: Insurrection at the end times of capital