THE WORLD PEOPLE'S RESISTANCE MOVEMENT SI E' COSTITUITO A MUMBAI NEL GENNAIO 2004
Young rebels – People around the world are watching you and
This is addressed to you, youth of the cities, all of you whom Sarkozy
calls racaille, and to others in France" as well, especially those
who are listening to you.
Some people say you are going "too far." How far is "too far" in
responding to the state's top cop when he announces his intention
to "netoyer au Karcher" a whole section of the people?
This is addressed to you the children of immigrant workers and lower
section of workers of all nationalities, especially the people of the
cites whose fathers carried concrete sacks to built the France we
know today and whose mothers tireless mops and brooms kept this
country clean. This is addressed to you who are called voyous no
matter what you do, whether working or kept out of work, and either
way condemned to a life not much better than that of your parents,
who endured so much hardship and humiliation in the hope that you
would have it better.
We salute you who will never be content with the best the system has
to offer you – like de Villepin's plan to allow you to leave school
at 14 and work as "apprentices" – almost modern-day slaves – for
practically nothing in jobs no one else wants, that would only
officialise what exists today, when collège, for most kids, is not a
place for advancement but a place of selection where 14-year-olds are
told their dreams are over? How far is "too far" in demanding that
people be treated like human beings and allowed to develop all that
they are capable of, individually and collectively?
The truth is that France has seen far too many years of "calm" in the
face of injustice and the kind of "peace" that comes from the
oppressed accepting their fate. What's so good about quietly
accepting the kind of life imposed on the great majority of people in
France? The whole classe politique is relaxed when youth fight one
another or take drugs and sink into hopelessness. In this rebellionb
the youth have for the most part not deliberately targeted ordinary
people in the cites or anywhere else. Right now violence among the
people is at a low point and the spirit of the youth is soaring.
Youth are in revolt – not mindlessly or aimlessly, as official
society charges, but against a very clear target, Sarkozy and the
state he represents, the police and anything seen as representative
of the prevailing social order. You are punching holes in a prison
wall, bringing the whole country fresh air.
You deserve the support of all those who are crushed by the system
and its republic, all those who tolerate the life they are given only
because they see no alternative, and in fact, people around the
world. This government has launched attack after attack on many
sections of the people, including immigrants, the unemployed,
strikers and many others. There has been some opposition, but not
enough and not strong and bold enough. By standing up against the way
things are and those who enforce this order, the youth show their
potential as a revolutionary force in society, together with all the
people who hate that order – all the exploited, all those determined
to end the oppression of women, those who truly hate the Iraq war and
other imperialist crimes in the world and who really want to save the
earth from the profit system. You are creating the conditions for a
different kind of thinking, where people don't accept things as they
are, in France and the world, and a different kind of social movement
than we have seen here in a long time. People all over the world are
watching and finding encouragement for their own struggles to
Not only Sarkozy, and not only the government, but the whole state
and political class considers what the youth are doing a "disaster"
and an intolerable challenge. They have declared curfews in a few
places and imposed undeclared curfews against men young and not so
young in whole towns and departments. It is issuing all kinds of
threats against the people while hoping that flash balls, CRS clubs
and the threat of mass deportations will be enough to make the youth
lose heart. At the same time, they are educating the youth and
everyone with eyes to see in a basic truth: the French republic is,
in the end, a dictatorship that rests on the clubs of the police and
ultimately, if necessary, the guns of the army Those who own
everything run France, the big capitalist class, have the final say
about everything, and in the end none of the people have any rights
that can't be taken away.
To all of you others who share so much of what these youth feel, the
working people of all nationalities and people of all walks of life,
right now is the time to stand up for them and stop the government's
attempts to encircle these kids with a reactionary consensus and the
murderous actions this consensus speak for the youth and the justice
of their cause – stop the government's attempts to crush them.
Further, many millions of people in France will not tolerate mass
deportations of people to punish them for rebelling. The government
must not be allowed to carry through on this threat. Finally, it
would good to "nettoyer au Karcher" the people's anger, Sarkozy and
all he represents at this time.
World People's Resistance Movement
North, South, East, West, unite the people's struggles!