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Nantes, France: Turbulent and colouful demonstration for fundemental rights

Nantes. France. This Saturday, January 16 in Nantes, the first day of a curfew, reintroduced in an authoritarian country.

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Curfew in France – Whatever it takes: Produce

France. By announcing a #Curfew (#CouvreFeu) that starts at 6:00 pm throughout the territory, the #LREM government is once again demonstrating its preference for an authoritarian management of the current health crisis. Rather than rethinking social organization to make it more protective, we are prevented from seeing each other, from going out, from getting fresh air. In order to maintain the profit rates of a deadly capitalism, a police discipline is imposed on us that is rooted in both our colonial and war history.

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The Invisible Committee: Beautiful Like an Impure Insurrection

The following text appeared in 2019 as the “Preface” to an anthology of the Invisible Committee’s major works published in Italy. 

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Authoritarianism is a symptom of panic, not a guarantee of efficiency

This interview appeared in the Belgian L’Echo on December 19, 2020. Alain Bertho is a professor of anthropology at the University of Paris, he has been studying social unrest and uprisings for decades. On his recommendable blog he meticulously documents worldwide riots day by day. We don’t agree with all of his (sometimes liberal) views, but still think its an interesting read.

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Ile-Saint-Denis (France): The Pavillon Solidaire, solidarity with refugees

Ile-Saint-Denis. France. What do you see when you take a walk around L’Ile Saint Denis – along the river banks, under the bridges, through the squares, the park? Everywhere desperate people hiding in tents, in flimsy constructions of plastic and wood, in the bushes, in any hole they can find. Hiding from the freezing cold, and hiding from the police with their batons, dogs and choking gas.

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Marseille, France: Painting against video surveillance

Marseille. France. Last weekend, several dozen cameras were sabotaged or covered with paint in Marseille, in response to the facial recognition and generalized surveillance allowed by the “global security” law.

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France: Did you say “terrorism”? Did you say “ulta-left”?

France. For a few days now, the media has been staging a case of “terrorism” that has been labeled “ultra-left”. In the early morning of Tuesday, December 8, after a weekend marked by a very strong mobilization against the “global security law”, 7 people were arrested in several cities and 5 were imprisoned after 4 days in police custody under an “anti-terrorist” regime for a “violent action project”.Two days earlier, Macron had called to break “the black blocs” by any means necessary. Shortly after, an En Marche (On the March) member of parliament praised “the professionalism of the police officers and the teams of the DGSI,” adding that “all terrorism must be fought with the same determination.” The one that comes from the Islamist ideology, as well as the one that comes from the “ultra-left” movement. A nice show, well organized, with the aim of legitimizing repression. And to revive an “far-left” scarecrow.

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Athens: Comrade Errol deported to France

Athens. Greece. Comrade Errol was abducted by the Greek police early this morning, Saturday 19/12/2020, from his isolation cell in Amygdaleza detention camp. They put him in a prisoner transfer van, handcuffed, with the excuse that they were supposedly taking him to a hospital for a Covid-19 test in order to terminate his isolation.

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A repressive valve against the march for basic rights in Paris

Paris. France. December 13. 2020. While the LDH had called to demonstrate all over France except Paris, while Attac, Solidaires and the CGT had withdrawn from the call for a demonstration against the Separatism Law launched by the November 10 Collective, while the left put repression and popular self-defense on an equal level, the March for basic rights brought together more than 10,000 people this afternoon between the Place du Châtelet and the Place de la République, under a pouring rain.

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Manifesto for the abolition of the police

That the social function of the police is to maintain a certain world order, or a certain regime of domination, is an open secret. What continues to be less understood, however, is the lie upon which their existence depends, the greatest anthropological lie: that without their exercise of “legitimate” violence we would be incapable of giving each other common rules of life and would kill each other at the first opportunity. To put an end to the police is first and foremost to put an end to this infantilism. This is the aim of the following manifesto, published anonymously in France during the first phase of the George Floyd uprising in the U.S.

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