If You Sow Misery, You Will Reap Anger
November 6th 2005
For years, the most poor and hated section of the people – destitute, often
immigrant – has suffered from massive unemployment and poverty. The working
class jobs their parents held have often disappeared, and school no longer
offers any hope to young people. This society has nothing to offer them other
than hanging out bored in the streets and stupid humiliating police checks.
So nobody is really surprised that a fatal incident should set off violent
reactions across the country.
Of course the teachers with the CNT, most of whom work in these neighbourhoods,
do not call for the destruction of cars or public buildings, but nor do they
call for resignation. For these young people, they demand more justice. In
practical terms, this means secure jobs, decent wages, humane working-hours
for the parents, adequate housing, an end to counter-productive police repression,
necessary and adequate social services, and a truly liberatory school system.
This is how we suggest our colleagues and the parents of our students struggle.
The federal secretariat of the CNT-FTE, November 6th
Please note that the above text about the past week’s
riots in Clichy-Sous-Bois comes from the teacher’s section of the anarcho-syndicalist
trade union the Conféderation Nationale du Travail (CNT-F) France
in France and 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