In Defence of Black Violence

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Originally Posted in Daily Maverick
By Mbuyiseni Ndlozi I Economic Freedom Fighters
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South Africa
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What do you do when colonial power forms an iron wall with black bodies which you must go through to fight the system? What do you do with house nigger collectives who take up arms to kill the revolutionary, to beat the back community into line? This question is even more crucial today, when our state is run by a black collective which presides over colonial property relations and massacres blacks to protect these colonial properties, than when apartheid managed them directly.
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When Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema arrived to give an address at the Tshwane University of Technology main campus in the wake of the 2015 Student Representative Council elections, the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) disrupted the meeting, arguing that the EFF had not booked the venue. In all radical traditions, and in keeping with the spirit of the Freedom Charter, opening the university to radical and diverse views is a significant part of its own transformation. Rather than trying to police access to university premises, Sasco should have, in keeping with radical traditions, listened to what Malema had to say then taken to the stage to robustly argue the points.

Instead, in front of the police and campus security, Sasco members assaulted their way into an EFF public meeting, pushing towards the stage where Malema was about to give his address. Malema said: “Fighters attack.” The result was that ordinary students, as well as EFF members, pushed back and managed to shove Sasco members to the fringes. Relegated to the outskirts of the large crowd, Sasco members then resorted to throwing stones, injuring both students and journalists alike. Still, the police arrested no one.

Many painted this event as “black-on-black violence”, saying Malema’s call for fighters to attack showed a lack of black consciousness. In this piece I will argue that this is a debilitating statement to make to black activists; that they must not defend themselves when attacked by other blacks because they hold a different political view. It denies the right to violent self-defence for activists of decolonisation; in fact they are advised to “run away”.

This argument says that when engaged in the struggle for decolonisation, or the liberation of black people, you must never be violent to other blacks. This is because the objective is to unite blacks, thus, when they attack you run away. This is flawed on many levels, the least of which is that it treats blacks as homogeneous and this goes against all of Steve Biko’s work on the black condition and how we must engage in the politics of decolonisation.

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This Picture’s Not Funny: ‪#‎French‬ ‪#‎FarRight‬ Official Sparks Mob Violence Against Journalists

Originally posted on ImportantCool.com:

By Andy Beale

Front National European Deputy Bruno Gollnisch attacks journalists from French satirical news program Le Petit Journal with an umbrella. Gollnisch’s attack incited FN party members to mob violence against the journalists (Screenshot from Le Petit Journal aired 4 May 2015).

Front National European Deputy Bruno Gollnisch attacks journalists from French satirical news program Le Petit Journal with an umbrella. Gollnisch’s attack incited FN party members to mob violence against the journalists (Screenshot from Le Petit Journal aired 4 May 2015).

Where the hell are all the #jesuischarlies?

Following the attacks against the cartoonists and journalists at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the English-language media fell all over itself to show support for the magazine. The New York Times published a column describing the attack as “an assault on French identity.” The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily BeastUSA Today, and many others all republished a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad to show their support for the magazine. Nearly 4 million people gathered in a giant Paris “unity rally” to condemn the attack. Charlie Hebdo and its anti-Muslim cartoons are still in the news four months later as the magazine was awarded the prestigious PEN Freedom of Speech award this year, despitestrong objections from PEN members.

So why aren’t any English-language media covering the vicious mob violence perpetrated against Parisian journalists on May Day?

The violence was carried out by Front National members and, most importantly, by an elected, sitting Front National European deputy. You may know the FN as France’s anti-gay, anti-Muslim fascist party. Party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen recently described the Nazi gas chambers as an unimportant “detail of history.”

On May 1st, as it does every year, the FN held a rally and march to commemorate Joan of Arc. The event quickly went south for the fascists, with much lower turnout than previous years due to rain, and immediate disruptions by topless FEMEN activists. In the FN’s first assault on free speech of the day, FEMEN was immediately and violently removed by the fascist party’s private security service. (French newspaper Le Monde says FN security’s removal of FEMEN was blatantly illegal, as “Following the penal code, coercive power is exclusively reserved to the police and the gendarmerie.”)

Then came the mob violence.

French satirical program Le Petit Journal, which has been described as the “French Daily Show,” sent two camera crews to the FN demonstration, capturing party supporters saying really dumb and racist things and supporting the Nazi-collaborating WWII Vichy government of Maréchal Petain. It was all fun and games until party leader Marine Le Pen took the stage.

Le Pen’s hour-long speech was pretty standard FN stuff, decrying the French government for its supposed multiculturalism. “They have allowed massive immigration to install itself in France. They have unpinned the Islamic fundamentalist grenade,” Le Pen told the crowd of 3,500.

Though Le Pen’s xenophobia was expected, Bruno Gollnisch’s violence was not. Gollnisch is an elected member of the European Parliament, one of 23 French deputies representing the FN at the EU. Le Petit Journal installed itself next to the FN’s VIP box, recording Gollnisch and other elected officials’ responses during Le Pen’s speech. Gollnisch, recognizing the journalists as employees of Le Petit Journal, grabbed an umbrella and attacked the journalists, managing to break their boom mic before being pulled away by FN security.

Gollnisch’s umbrella assault, on its own, might have been harmless, or even kind of silly. What came next was definitely not.

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[Video] French Zionist Group “Jewish Defense League” Attack Pro Palestinian March, Get Beat Up, Hide Behind Police

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From Soufain Al-Qadi

“Here is (Video) proof that the JDL (Jewish Defence League) is responsible for the brawl near the synagogue Rue de la Roquette (13 July 2014).We can see thegroup destroy property to undermine the pro-Palestinian demonstrators. All this before their final escape with all the cowardice that characterizes them, under the watchful eye of the police, always ready to protect Jewish extremists” Continue reading

Behind Islamophobia, Fascism and Complicit Antifascism – Houria Bouteldja

Paper presented by Houria Bouteldja 

5th International Conference on Islamophobia

UC Berkeley (April 17th, 2014).

Originally Posted in Decolonial Translations

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First, I would like to thank the conference organizers for inviting me. I want to pay tribute to their efforts for putting together this high-quality conference. As is the case every year, I will speak on behalf of the Party of the Republic’s Indigenous People (Parti des Indigènes de la République or PIR). This time, however, I will also speak on behalf of Mothers All Equal (Mamans Toutes Égales), a collective to which the PIR belongs and that struggles for the repeal of an administrative text that bans mothers who wear the veil from participating in school outings. If I take on the role of representative here today, it is to raise awareness and denounce such unfair discrimination against these women and their children.

 

By way of introduction, I would like to start by saying that the situation in France and in Europe is quite worrisome. The economic crisis magnifying the situation, we observe, across the continent, the problematic rise of far-right, fascist and neo-Nazi forces. These radical nationalisms are increasingly uninhibited. Some of them take part, democratically, in different elections and quietly become institutionalized. The National Front is the third political power in France, and its president is a woman with a steel grip who does not hide her ambitions for the country’s presidency. To reach this objective, she will stop at nothing to make her party appear respectable and she is admirably successful. Admittedly, her task is facilitated by a number of circumstances. For instance, Islamophobia — and more exactly a State-supported anti-Muslim type of racism — is a national sport in France. The white political field that goes from the extreme right to the extreme left is completely contaminated. However, we must be precise in our analyses. Let me unpack some of this. Continue reading

“White Women and the Privilege of Solidarity” – Decolonial Islamic Feminism ( Speech & Video Interview w/ Houria Bouteldja )

Houria Bouteldja is a spokesperson for PIR, a decolonial political party in France called Les Indigenes de la Republique or Indigenous Peoples Party of the Republic.  This is her speech at the 4th International Congress of Islamic Feminism in October 2010 in Madrid, Spain.

This is followed by a video interview done by Tom Vee at the University of California in Berkeley in April 2011. Topics include Islamophobia, decolonial feminism, the privilege of solidarity and BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction).

Originally posted by Decolonial Translation Group

Madrid, Spain

Houria Bouteldja

Houria Bouteldja

I would, first of all, like to thank the Junta Islamica Catalana for having organized this colloquium, which is a real breath of fresh air in a Europe that is shriveling up in upon itself, wrought up in xenophobic debates and increasingly rejecting difference/alterity.

I hope that such an initiative will be able to take place in France. Before getting into the subject at hand, I would like to introduce myself, as I believe that speech should always be located.

I live in France, I am the daughter of Algerian immigrants. My father was a working class man and my mother was a housewife. I am not speaking as a sociologist, a researcher or a theologian. In other words, I am no expert. I am an activist and I am speaking as a result of my experience as a political activist and, I might add, my own personal sensibility. I am insisting on these details because I would like to be as honest as possible in my reasoning. Truth be told, until today, I hadn’t really thought about the question of Islamic feminism. So why am I taking part in this colloquium? When I was invited, I made it quite clear that I lacked the authority to speak about Islamic feminism and that I would rather deal with the idea of decolonial feminism and the ways in which, I believe, it should be related to the more general question of Islamic feminism. That is why I thought I would lay out a few questions that could prove useful for our collective questioning. Continue reading

Tribute to Clement Meric: Behind Fascism Lies the Capital

Posted on LeChatNoirEmeutier 
Paris, France

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[Rough Translation]: Several thousand people, 6,000 according to police, marched Sunday in Paris against fascism, a fortnight after the death of Clement Meric and many windows were degraded in their path.

Fourteen people were arrested, “especially for carrying a prohibited weapon” on the sidelines of the event announced the Ministry of Interior.

Minister Manuel Valls “salutes the fieldwork of the Prefecture of Police will continue to exploit the many videos recorded throughout the rally. ”

“The route of the procession, many windows, including banks, as well as street furniture, were ransacked by thugs who do not respect the spirit of this gathering”, the minister said.

These are ultra-violent radicals and highly mobile thugs who came to battle groups, “said a source familiar with the matter.

The dense and motley procession lunged to 3:00 p.m. in the Place de l’Opera (II), bringing together political activists (NPA Left Party), anarchist groups, associations (Attac, SOS Homophobia) and Union (UNEF, CGT).

Marching behind banners proclaiming “Fascism kills, kills Islamophobia”, or representing the face of Clement Meric killed on June 5 in paris in a brawl between fascist and right-wing activists, protesters chanted “Clement, Clement, antifa “or” No quarters for fascists, no fascists in our neighborhoods. ” Continue reading