[Marxism] Islamophobia on the rise in France
gdunkel at mindspring.com
Sun Nov 5 12:22:10 MST 2006
While Le Pen and the fascist right in France still have a great deal of
influence -- and the subterranean support his movement gets from
Sarkozy and Chirac makes its existence even more significant, there is
still significant developments in the movement that protested and
demonstrated last year.
I wrote an article in the most recent issue of Workers World on it:
Here is the URL:
and some excerpts:
Youth of France: still angry, still protesting
By G. Dunkel
Published Nov 4, 2006 10:45 PM
The youth in the working-class suburbs of France made their anger felt
last year after Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré were electrocuted trying to
escape the cops in Clichy-sous-Bois. Thousands protested night after
night for nearly two months.
Most of the protesters were the sons and daughters, or grandsons and
granddaughters, of immigrants from former French colonies in Africa,
although they themselves were born in France. Just over half arrested
last year had never been arrested before.
The protests shook the foundations of the French state and exposed its
pretensions to equality and social justice. The prime minister at the
time was fired, and a new government, promising major changes, took office.
To prepare for the anniversary of the protests, the Association for
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Together United (ACLEFEU, which is French
slang for “Enough Burning”), based in Clichy-sous-Bois, spent the summer
visiting 120 French cities and towns and collected 20,000 grievances.
Last year, the complaint that the bourgeois media and parties lodged
against the protests was that they had no concrete demands.
This is in response to the posting from
Dbachmozart at aol.com wrote:
> France: Le Pen Surprises
> NY Times
> By ARIANE BERNARD
> Published: November 4, 2006
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