Posted and Translated by SnakeArbusto, 99GetSmart
Written by Pierre and edited by Cindy Lefevre
The French Republic is increasingly undermining its people through the executive power. That power is intended to guarantee application of the laws and the constitutionality block and protect constitutional values. Today, with the Gendarmerie Mobile and CRS police forces as intermediary, the executive demonstrated their disengagement from French law by refusing to apply that law. At the same time, freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and the freedom to demonstrate (as guaranteed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen) were deliberately made a mockery of. The French Republic has demonstrated its disengagement from the concept of a Government of Law in favor of a Police State – or more accurately, a terrorist State. Throughout the demonstration, the police kept demonstrators hermetically sealed in, depriving individuals of their freedoms but also of their most basic needs. The police are abusing their rights more and more by using methods of intimidation like this “kettling” tactic. It is the same dynamic that was created during the demonstration of 21 April, 2012 that ended at the Trocadéro, but it has become worse.
The number of persons taking part in this demonstration also raises questions as to the responsibility of the French people regarding the crisis. Less than thousand people… That figure has its meaning in political terms. The majority of the French seem to want to pay the debt and accept the idea of austerity plans. It confirms a recent survey that showed that over 54% of the French would like to see former president Nicolas Sarkozy return as head of State.
The movement of resistance we must conduct in the face of capitalism and neoliberalism includes resistance to the media, who have adopted propaganda for the purpose of disinformation, never showing any of the consequences of neoliberal policies in Europe, but also throughout the world. Accordingly, poverty is not depicted, or rarely, in France; yet it is nearly as commonplace as in other countries. New measures need to be taken to overcome this system in a country which has struggled against it in the past, notably at the time of the Paris Commune.
Elsewhere, today was characterized by a general mobilization on a worldwide scale. The people of the world are awaking, and France is in danger of missing the start. Will she come to life before it is too late?