If You Sow Misery, You Will Reap Anger

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Yes, life in the housing estates is full of daily violence:
It is not the “youth” who are violent, but society itself. The media, the politicians, the pundits all say that we have to give young people structure. But what kind of structure? That of money and competition (and, thus, exclusion), the structure of might makes right?

These young people, they are our neighbours, our children, our sisters and our brothers. They are right to rebel, to refuse to continue to take it silently. Sure we can always discuss the methods, but we must not forget how the police manipulate and provoke things!

It is those who have nothing who are rebelling. It is their dignity that refuses resignation!

But in order to not stay with no way out, once the pressure lessens, this rebellion should organize itself, give itself a structure. To first become a Resistance, for today the enemy is strong and powerful, and then ripen and become a Revolution. Because only a radical change in this society will be able to finally get rid of the injustices that have created our actual problems.

Interco Union, Paris North, CNT-AIT, November 6th 2005
Email: contact@cnt-ait.info

Please note that the above text about the past week’s riots in Clichy-Sous-Bois comes from the Interco Paris North section of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT-AIT trade union, the French section of he International Workers Association. Confusingly enough, the CNT-AIT is not the same thing as the CNT-F, who released a communiqué with the same title on the same day as this one which i translated just an hour ago…

This text was translated by yours truly. I have a “fast and loose” translation philosophy, meaning that when there is a choice between readability and the original phraseology i tend to favour the former, provided that the meaning stays the same. The original document can be seen in French.

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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