I have a busy day ahead of me so i don’t really have much time to translate a longer text – plus i have found that increasing mainstream coverage coupled with bizarrely-scanty left-wing coverage from France actually means i don’t have a pile of stuff waiting to be worked on.

What i did find below was interesting for two reasons. First off, ATTAC is a social-democratic network of groups against globalization – not a place i would expect any kind of radical discourse. Second of all, apart from the gripe some sticklers might have that they are accusing “ultra-liberalism” instead of “capitalism”, i think this kind of statement is exemplary – no calls to vote for so-and-so, no calls for peace and calm, no “even-handed” condemnation of both sides, just a “public and unambiguous” declaration of solidarity.

One can find good things in the most unexpected of places!

Communiqué from ATTAC Béthune, November 6th 205

ATTAC Béthune Audomarois publicly and unambiguously declares its solidarity with the people in the poor suburbs, victims of the system of Mr Sarkozy and his friends. The logic of ultra-liberalism always leads to lies, suffering, marginalization and violence. Today we are seeing the results.

This originally came from my blog - Sketchy Thoughts - and is one of a number of pieces i wrote or translated regarding the riots that rocked France in October and November 2005. To see the a complete list of such posts, i suggest you check out the 2005 Riots In France page on the Kersplebedeb site.

The document can also be viewed on my blog (where you can leave comments) here.

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