Violent repression of the 2016 French social movement

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Postby Orea » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:30 am

Hello everyone... As you know I've been quite busy these past 3 months. Since march 9th, a social movement has been growing in my country in response to a bill the government intended to pass. This bill was meant to reform our labour law, unfortunately it was definitely not intended to protect the workers. On the contrary, it gives a lot of power to companies. Now, a company can unilaterally change their "company agreements". They can set new general level for wages, work conditions, etc... which they then offer to the employee for his approval. Obviously he can agree to the new terms... or be fired if he refuses. That's just one example among many, the law is full of tiny articles, hidden gems that don't seem important but in fact add up to a fucking assault on the protection of workers.

Originally, I was very active at my university. We've tried, truly tried to kick this bitch up on campus, but the sheer amount of intellectual nihilism and political apathy was unbelievable. My uni has around 15k students in it, roughly. We were 60 in the mobilization comittee, Our general assemblies held 200, maybe 300 people. Ridiculous, yes, I know. In truth, you can blame the several reforms that have simply destroyed public university over the past few decades. There is nothing there now but spoiled kids, studying shit they don't give a fuck about only to earn a cool stamp on a diploma and a certain level of wage. Damnit, I had a kid tell me I was hindering "his freedom to learn" when I tried to talk to him about the labour law and the rest of the bullshit our government is pulling on us. Freedom to learn. Holy shit son, how about Freedom, period? How about the fact that nothing is happening in this goddamn university when everywhere else in France, students and highschoolers end up bloody at the end of the day?

Yes, bloody. I chose the term carefully. Because at this point, who gives a fuck about the labour law, right? It is not that about that anymore. Honestly, to me, the movement started about this law, but it was always a mean to an end. For me personally, it was a stepping stone, the spark that would light a big social movement aiming at overthrowing the capitalist monstrosity.

Now though, it has become about something more. It is about resisting. Resisting the authority, the State and its corrupt representatives, resisting the money and the violence, symbolical or physical. And man, we've got heaps of both.

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[*]Fuck the media

Honestly. I've known for a while, okay, that they were all bought. Well, most of them anyway. But damn, I never expected them to be so openly disgusting. Journalists crush students, highschoolers, and unionists alike in their newspaper and on their tv set. They make ridiculous accounts of protests, of boy-cott or economic blocade actions. They openly lie about what is going on. One protest in particular I remember, where the cops became really violent where I am... our biggest local newspaper mentioned that "hooligans from the CNT" [a leftwing revolutionary union : Confédération Nationale du Travail] started beating on the cops. Man, the CNT guys weren't even there, they were on the other side of the city blocading a warehouse. The cops though, they were definitely beating on everyone else. Oh yeah, that's where one of my mate got shot by a flashball in the belly...

Now with the strikes and blocade amplifying, they have no shame anymore. On every cover, protesters are "taking the population hostage" (that has a nice ring to it, don't you think, in the middle of our sacrosaint "war on terror" and our "State of urgency" which they keep prolonging. They are assimilating left-wing political activists to... yes, terrorists. Good on you mates..[/*]
[*] Fuck the governement

Not only is it an aberration that a supposedly "left-wing" governement (Hollande was originally a socialist... ahah, yes, feel the Bern... see what I did there?) created such a right-wing law, but the way they handled the whole thing is a slap in a face as well.

The people have been protesting against the law for the last 3 months. Yet instead of relenting, the government decided to use a wonderful article in our Constitution: the article 49-3. Basically, it allows the government to "force" a law through the National Assembly. The deputies do not vote on it, and it goes straight through to the Senate (traditionally, the Senate are sort of our "big voters" too and usually leans more to the right as well.
Straight up, this article is a fucking joke. It is the antithesis of democracy, basically taking the deputies (therefore, the elected representatives of the People) out of the equation. Well, we wouldn't want the People to fuck everything up by having too much power now would we...[/*]
[*] ACAB

For those who don't know, ACAB means "All Cops are Bastards". And believe me, it is a growing sentiment around here lately. The police repression has been horrendous and terrifying. Ever since Nicolas Sarkozy's time in our ministry of Homeland security, the police have received massive fundings, new arsenals and a complete makeover. They turned them into robocops. Honest. You know, they had to catch 'em bad arabs dude wanting to blow the whole world to hell and back... So now people find it normal to see a policeman more decked out than Shwarzy in any of his movies.

Add to that the fact that the governement is giving direct orders to put an end to the protests and the social movement in general, and those guys have no limit.
So during the protests, they gas us with teargas. Straight in the face, in the eyes, if you're not balling your eyes out at least once during a protest lately, you're not doing it right. They charge us, full blown infantry formation. Armor, helmets, shields and and weapons raised. Aiming at our heads (it's much harder for us to run from them when we have blood in our eyes). One of my mates had his skull opened the other day, required stiches.

And let's not forget ranged combat. Because what do you think, protesters come prepared.

We have eggs. Eggs full of paint, which are thrown onto banks, state buildings or any other target of our ire. On the cops too, when they come asking for it. But to the eggs we throw, they respond with flashballs and anti-crowd grenades. Not live ones, hey, but still. They hurt too. They kill too.
That equipment comes with strict safety rules. For instance, they shouldn't be allowed to shoot their LBDs (Defensive Projectile Launcher) in straight shots (they should always lob over or around people, basically). Instead, you can see them shooting straight at people, in their limbs, in their heads).
Anti-crowd grenades should be rolled on the floor, instead they throw them directly into groups of people. Basically, those are made of a tiny explosive core surrounded by 30ish blocks of hard plastic which explode all around on impact, forcing crowds to disperse. Many people have had shrapnel impact.
I know of at least one guy who's in a coma because of those. Others have lost their eyes, or are permanently crippled elsewhere.

I don't want to be a cop hater. I want to believe that some of them have enlisted for the common good, to make the world a better place and stop bad guys. But what I see in those cops' eyes lately... it is not duty, it isn't patriotism or a belief in a bigger cause.

It's hate, its indoctrination, and it scares me.

Nevertheless, the day after tomorrow, I'll be back on the street, holding my hands up in the air in order to be allowed to march peacefully. The sad thing is, even that does not work anymore.[/*]
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Enjoy. Cry. Spread the word, because they're not going to do it for us...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHkJ0bnuVsc

(the first cunt... sorry, cop in that video? he's in my city...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG_EJ3M6hgU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acDnpZW0fg4

that last video is in front of a highschool. The cops are immobilizing a highschooler on the ground, yelling at him to get up even though they maintain him on the ground, then once he's up, boom. In your face.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHkJ0bnuVsc


I'll keep sharing information on what's going on here as much as I can. Unfortunately, I can't reveal too much on the interwebs, mainly for my personal security. They are surveilling heavily. They are making "files" on whoever they deem "dangerous". Initially, that should only be for the terrorist, Daesh, right? Nah, they're using this shit against any and all political activists. Left wing, green... They are filming us during the protests (which is why a lot of people go masked now. Let me tell you, I never go out without 2 scarfs, shades, a set of clothes I can change into in order to blend in the crowd when I get out, and physiological serum for the eyes in case of gas). They are surveilling facebook, using the date collected on there to instruct their cases in the justice system. They're preventing people from going to the protests pre-emptively (by forbidding them to be in a certain area during the days of the strikes/marches, etc or forcing them to stay home).
A lot of people get arrested and tried simply for protesting and striking alongside everyone else. The other day, the general attorney asked that a girl who threw a mic on a cop who was beating on her friend spend 5 years in prison. When a cop beats a kid, he'll get a slap on the wrist. When a guy throws a bottle on a cop, its a homicidal attempt....


Anyway, more soon. Don't worry, I take care of myself. And again, sorry I'm not more active on the forum, but as you can imagine, life is a tad crazy these days...
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Postby Feydakin » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:01 am

Jesus... the cops look like a bunch of thugs in those videos... honestly it sounds a lot like some of the things happening in the US too, only they are a lot less blatant about it for the most part, but it's insidious and tends to escalate. Stay safe and please keep us informed as to how you are and what has been going on as best you can.
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Postby Phara » Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:17 am

holy fuck what a thread.

//putting on fb and coming back later
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Postby Philly » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:03 am

Holy fuck.
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Postby BigMush » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:16 am

Power to you guys!
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Postby Gwenno » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:33 am

<3 Coming back to this later, pending
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Postby Corgimom » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:28 pm

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Postby ink » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:15 am

i dont know how to feel about this.. i mean i already hold the same general attitude for law enforcement, i just think that they are bullies with a little too much power.. but this is kind of frightening. just the tactical gear alone, just kind of freaks me out.. even a little more than the behavior. only becuase in the back of my mind, i expect the behavior somewhat but what they are gathering for, concerns me. this is pointing to martial law.. :|

what if the problem is that many are desensitized to whats coming so they are, in fact, oblivious..? idk, very unsettling.

FRANCE DECLARES PERMANENT POLICE STATE
Prime Minister envisions war that will last generations-


those type of headlines just dont sit right with me..

didnt enjoy it.. matter of fact, some of the vidoes are hard to watch for me
wanted to cry, it just looks like chaos
and i can definitely spread the word, however miniscule that may be.

//shutters at whats coming
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Postby Orea » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:47 am

ink wrote:i dont know how to feel about this.. i mean i already hold the same general attitude for law enforcement, i just think that they are bullies with a little too much power.. but this is kind of frightening. just the tactical gear alone, just kind of freaks me out.. even a little more than the behavior. only becuase in the back of my mind, i expect the behavior somewhat but what they are gathering for, concerns me. this is pointing to martial law.. :|


This is exactly what it is pointing to. After the terrorist attacks on nov. 13, 2015, the government declared a "state of emergency" which is still in effect today. Basically, that state of emergency is somewhat of a special article in our Constitution granting immense power to the executive (in order, presumably, to resolve a crisis).
In effect, they used this to somehow take the police work outside the scope of the law for some things. Like, right after the november attack on Bataclan, they used the state of emergency to curb political opposition to that damn Solution 21 climate change meeting bullshit. They used it to "assign people to residence" (force them to stay at their home) or search their homes without proper warrant (originally, they wanted the prefects, therefore the executive authorities) to grant such warrants where is was always traditionally accorded by judicial judges.
Now they are basically using the state of emergency to prevent big gatherings - people are not supposed to meet in big groups while this is in effect.

It should have ended a while ago, except they keep prolonging it. They're voting on it at Parliament every couple of weeks, and for some reason it holds. I wonder why, when it provides such an effective tool against the social unrest happening everywhere in the country.

ink wrote:
what if the problem is that many are desensitized to whats coming so they are, in fact, oblivious..? idk, very unsettling.


Nailed it.
This shit has been happening for over a decade. 9/11, the Middle East. We've all lived for more than 10 years in a general atmosphere of fear, where everything, from the news to school, keeps us in a state of fear and a mindset of war. "We, the West, have an enemy, we are in danger because of that enemy, we must find that enemy and therefore we must have the proper force to counter it. Now let's have a trip to Israel and buy some weapons!"

And then the population realizes there is no real enemy, that the only enemy the government was getting ready for was its own people when it realizes it's been fooled, and by then it's too late.


ink wrote://shutters at whats coming


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Postby Feydakin » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:33 pm

I wonder why we don't hear about this in the news? Maybe because the same things are happening over here and they don't want to tip their hands? I agree, it's scary as fuck. I don't want civil wars to break out all over the West and Europe, but that's the way things are headed...
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Postby Orea » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:53 am

Next national protest is on thursday

After the latest protest incidents, involving a kid hospital and some nasty political recuperation, the government threatened to simply "forbid" the protests. This did not go over well, as you can imagine. I saw an article this morning where they downplayed it, now asking for a "static protest" (like, wtf does that even mean?).

Anyway, more news on thursday.

Edit : Holy shit, they went and did it. The Paris police prefect announced today that tomorrow's protest is forbidden.

Tomorrow's gonna be FUN.
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Postby ink » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:07 am

so... what does that mean? forbidding protests. aside from the obvious answer.. how exactly are they going to enforce something like that? and how did it play out?
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Postby Feydakin » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:17 am

Don't leave us hanging, we want to know that you're OK and what happened?!
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Re: Violent repression of the 2016 French social movement

Postby Orea » Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:49 pm

Ah. Sorry to let everyone down, but the Euro cup happened.

Fucking sad really. With the massive influx of tourists coming for the games, they upped security big time (it was not easy, but they managed). Then the summer holidays rolled in, and people basically said "okay, we'll be back in september for the revolution". You can imagine how that went very well...

They tried to start the protests again in september, but not many people are still committed to this shit. The law already passed through Parliament (through force, with the 49-3 article of our constitution) and people see that as a lost fight. The repression is still here though, the first protest, on the 15th of september, a guy lost his eye again because of an anticrowd grenade.

Now though, they're flooding the news and all TV shows with news of the next presidential election in 2017. We have a choice between the plague, cholera and any other lethal disease you can think of. Sarkozy is running again (although he is facing several investigations for theft, fraud, public property abuse, corruption and many other nice things). Hollande is running, even though he ran the fucking country into the ground. Valls too, although he helped bury the damn country. Macron, Lepen... many other... No fucking hope there.

I have to admit, since I've been to Greece I've been quite distracted, enjoying the finer pleasures of life (normal cocktails are really much tastier than molotov ones). It's not over though. I'm going back to it as soon as humanely possible.
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Re: Violent repression of the 2016 French social movement

Postby ink » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:59 am

sounds like a nefarious plan to distract, program and employ apathy.. /62
thats so messed up. alot of parallels to my country. well, glad you popped in. definitely keep us posted.
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Re: Violent repression of the 2016 French social movement

Postby Feydakin » Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:27 pm

There is some serious Illuminati level shit going on in the world... it's fucking scary because it's no longer a conspiracy theory. Anyone with a lick of sense can see the wheels turning. People are such sheep...
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