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Communique from the "Mouvement de l'immigration et des banlieues":
"Die in peace my brothers, but die in silence, that we perceive but
the distant echo of your suffering" Wednesday, November 9, 2005.
"Those who do not understand today the causes of the riots are
amnesiacs, blind or both. It has in fact been 30 years that the
suburbs have struggled for justice. 25 years that the revolts, the
riots, the demonstrations, the marches the public meetings, the
cries of anger with precise demands have been formulated.
15 years since the Minister of Cities was created to respond to the
exclusion and the social misery of the so-called disadvantaged
neighbourhoods. The ministers come and go with their promises:
Marshall Plan, Zones Franches, DSQ, ZEP, ZUP, emploi-jeunes,
Cohesion Sociale, etc... The suburbs serve as a escapist release for
the ministers, the elect and the media, fevered with little
murderous phrases on the "no-go zones", "the parental
irresonsability", gangsterism, and other "Islamist derivaties".
The inhabitants of these neighbourhoods, and notably the young, are
stigmatized and designated as responsable for all the problems of
society. It is all too easy to give a lesson in civics and to point
the finger at the 'scum' or the 'savages', thus throwing them to
populist vindictiveness. And this strategy is all too profitable.
The suburbs become an isolated problem, which we leave to the police
and the courts to solve. Today, we are presented these 'suburban
youth' (signifying black and arab) who are seen as having come to
destroy like foreigners laying siege to France.
Nevertheless, from Minguettes (1981) to Vaulx-en-Velin (1990), from
Mantes-la-Jolie (1991) to Sartrouville (1991), from Dammarie-les-Lys
(1997) to Toulouse (1998), from Lille (2000) to Clichy, the message
Enough of these unpunished crimes of the police, enough of the
suffering silence of millions of families, of men and women, who
suffer daily from the social violence, so much more devastating than
a burning car.
With the curfew, the government responds by collective punishment
and a law of exception that gives full powers to the police. Just
sealing the lid on the cooking-pot will mark the memories of our
neighbourhoods for a long time.
There will never be peace in our neighbourhoods as long as there is
not justice and real equality.
No pacification nor any curfew will keep us from continuing our
fight for this, even when the cameras will have ceased rolling.
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
MIB - 45 Rue d'Aubervilliers 7518 Paris - http://mib.ouvaton.org