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Je ne suis pas Charlie!

Anar | 13.01.2015 20:59 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | Repression

“Je ne suis pas Charlie – I am not Charlie!” That is the defiant note being sounded by anarchists in France in the face of the sickening wave of nationalistic reaction sparked by the Charlie Hebdo killings.

“Today, we are no more Charlie than we were yesterday, and death doesn’t transform our opponents or enemies of yesterday into our friends of today,” declares the non-fides site. []

“It is not our custom to cry over the graves of (even vaguely alternative or libertarian) journalists or cops, for we’ve long since recognized the media and the police as the two essential weapons of this civilizing terrorism: by manufacturing consent on the one hand, and by repression and imprisonment on the other. That is why we refuse to cry wolf with other wolves, or even with sheep.

“Those predators who exhort us to cry in unison with them today, to declare ‘Je suis Charlie’, are the same predators in suits responsible for the emergence of terrible groups and movements such as al-Quaeda or Daesh, former allies of western democracies against the previous perils before they took a central place on the podium of the geo-strategic perils of today.

“In their courts, their police stations, their prisons, these same scumbags kill, incarcerate, mutilate and sequestrate all those that don’t follow the path imposed upon them with truncheon blows and education.

“The same civilized beings that let people croak every day at their borders for trying to escape the misery and wars that they themselves and their enemies of the day created.

“We have absolutely no desire to let these same exact scumbags civilize and eradicate us any further, still less to stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Because it is against them that we want to stand shoulder to shoulder, against all those that regard us under different religious, political, communitarian, interclassist, civilizing and nationalist pretexts as pawns to be placed for sacrifice on an absurd and squalid chessboard.”

Anarchist blogger Claude Gillon, for his part, explains on his lignes de force [] site: “I am not Charlie because I know that the vast majority of these Charlies have never been either Mohamed or Zouad, in other words none of those hundreds of young people murdered on the estate by ‘our’ police (they come from all religions, the pigs!) paid with ‘our’ taxes.

“I am not Charlie because I refuse to cry over the Charlie Hebdo corpses alongside the same François Hollande who has just announced that the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport will go ahead, in other words that there will be more people seriously injured by rubber bullets and no doubt more like Rémi Fraisse [killed by police in an anti-dam protest in October 2014].

“I am not Charlie because I am a revolutionary activist trying to keep informed about the state of the capitalist world in which I live. As such, I am fully aware that the country from which I have emerged is at war, even if in far-flung and shifting ‘theatres of operation’.”

The Paris Luttes site [] questions the constant use of the word “barbarism” to describe the Islamist attackers, tracing its origins back to the idea of foreigners who speak a language that sounds like “bar-bar” to European ears, and also to the notion of a foreign race threatening to invade.

“Finally, it is more specifically the land of the Berbers, and in a wider sense the former name for North Africa (Barbary). There is a racist connotation, conscious or not, in the choice of the term ‘barbarism’ to describe the cruelty of the killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists.”

They also challenge the assumptions behind the word “terrorism”, adding: “The first victims of this terror are racial minorities and especially those in working-class areas of the Paris region, where police pressure was immediately notched up as part of a shock strategy (the raising of the policing levels mainly affects the estates, the so-called sensitive areas).

“The attack against Charlie Hebdo is also being used as an excuse to wheel out the tired old clichés about the need for harsher sentencing (such as the death penalty) and the ‘rearming’ of the police… as if they had ever been disarmed: the way things are happening you’d think that at the moment that people declare ‘we are Charlie’, they forget that they have ever heard anyone say ’we are Rémi’.”

• The media hysteria generated by the Charlie Hebdo attack has even been used by the British state to justify increasing the fascistic militarisation of society here. SAS soldiers, in plain clothes or disguised in police uniforms, have apparently been drafted in to “rushed in to guard our streets” , as the Daily Express inevitably put it. [