[Marxism] A report from John Mullen in Paris on the one million strong mobilisation in defence of free speech

John Passant en.passant at bigpond.com
Sun Jan 11 12:18:09 MST 2015


A report from John Mullen in Paris on the one million strong 
mobilisation in defence of  free speech

This is a report by John Mullen from his blog John Mullen à Montreuil 
-Blog anticapitaliste on the mobilisation on Sunday in defence of free 
speech in Paris. He says in part:

It seems to me there are two myths going round about the political 
meaning of these rallies. Firstly on the mainstream news there has been 
a lot of exaggerated nonsense about the idea that this national unity 
between left and right will transform French politics and improve life 
for everyone. This illusion will probably not last long.

The other, from some sections of the radical Left, has been that these 
rallies were a reactionary movement supporting a national unity which 
would stop all other conflicts, or even an anti muslim movement. These 
critics exaggerated the political importance of the presence of fifty 
heads of state for twenty minutes in the middle of the demo. Their 
analysis seems to me absolutely mistaken. The complete absence of 
anti-Muslim slogans at the demos, and the absence of the Front national 
show it is not true. It is also quite mistaken to talk of a "union 
sacrée" simply because there were right and left wing organizations 
calling people to go on the demonstrations. A "union sacrée" would exist 
if significant sections of the radical left had declared a halt to class 
struggle, and to movements against austerity or racism, in order to 
support the government in a time of national emergency. This is not the 
situation.

http://enpassant.com.au/2015/01/12/a-report-from-john-mullen-in-paris-on-the-one-million-strong-mobilisation-in-defence-of-free-speech/

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