Saturday, 24 January at 4pm to 7pm.
Houria Bouteldja – a French-Algerian political activist and blogger. She is also the spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) – (Indigènes de la République.)
Kevin Cobham – Cambridge educated criminal defence lawyer and people-centred human rights advocate.
Ramon Grosfoguel – professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate of the Maison des Science de l’Homme in Paris
M’Baïreh Lisette – Activist for almost 50 years and an expert in crisis management. He is a spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) and also the former Secretary General of the Association of French Overseas Elected Representatives. (1)
Arzu Merali – co-founder of IHRC and Head of Research
Richard Seymour – author and broadcaster. He writes for The Guardian, and appears on Telesur. His most recent book is Against Austerity (2014), and he is completing a PhD at the London School of Economics.
There are therefore 2 speakers from the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) – (Indigènes de la République.)
From the statement of the Indigènes de la République on the massacres at Charlie Hebdo and the killings at the Jewish supermarket.
“… like most Muslim organizations, we have condemned in the strongest terms the deadly shootout against Charlie Hebdo, in the same way that we mourn the five new victims of this blind folly.”
Like delighted maneuvering vultures, our accusers jumped at the chance to pin the “moral responsibility” of the attacks on the struggle against islamophobia, because Charlie Hebdo’s drifts towards islamophobia were criticized in a social and political context of unequal treatment of Muslims, a context favourable to all sorts of violence. Some among these accusers are certified islamophobes. In this way they may try to clear their own responsibility, but more importantly they aim to mobilise state repression against our respective and common struggles, or in other words they aim to silence them, in the name of a selective “freedom of expression”, one which is strictly subordinate to their privileges. We witnessed this selectivity during the summer of 2014, with the repression of pro-palestinian marches, and before that with the banning of Dieudonné’s shows, and at this very moment with the trial of Saïd Bouamama and Saïdou Zep concerning their book and their song both entitled “Nique la France” [Fuck France].
So we should not be surprised that by taking advantage of the circumstances, the new found motto of “freedom of speech” is being used to impose a single way of thinking, to the benefit of the social order that it supports, by radicalizing the arsenal of symbolic violence and repression against its opponents.
In response to those who have criticised the Indigènes.
” it is they who, by their excesses and their encouragement to Islamophobia, have fueled this unhealthy climate for many years, while, conversely, we kept warning against fatal outcomes of this sort. In pointing a finger in our direction, they hope to keep people looking away from their responsibility or their passive complicity. In other words, they are hitting early, so they will not have to account for the heavy consequences of a policy in which they are deeply involved.”
In other words the imperialist French republic is responsible for the slaughter.
And Charlie had it coming…..
We further note (from here),
” Houria Bouteldja (see above), porte parole du mouvement… « le mode de vie homosexuel n’existe pas dans les quartiers populaires “
The homosexual way of life does not exist in working class and deprived areas. – says one of the speakers at Saturday’s event.
They certainly seem to have a problem with gays, as this, part of the continuing campaign against feminist and lesbian writer Caroline Fourest indicates,
La journaliste et essayiste Caroline Fourest a été prise à partie samedi à la Fête de l’Humanité par une trentaine de militants qui l’ont contrainte à annuler une intervention sur le thème «Comment faire face au FN» Libération 2012.
That is Fourest was shouted down and prevented from speaking – amid a confrontation during which Communists and leftists yelled, “Le Fascisme ne passera pas” at the Indigènes thugs and their allies.
Now they announce that the millions strong demonstration in support of Charlie was against them, “cette mobilisation se faisait contre nous.”
This is what they say about the murderers,
A Kouachi et Coulibaly, ce qui a été transmis c’est l’expérience de l’humiliation, la privation des biens matériels, de la culture et de la langue, c’est aussi les non-dits, les viols, les tortures et l’esclavage ; héritage psychique de l’histoire de nos ancêtres
Koucahi and Coulibably, they have had the experience of humiliation, of materiel deprivation, of cultural and linguistic deprivation, there are rapes, tortures and slavery, unsaid, in their background: the psychological inheritance of our ancestors.
So the killings were all about the assertion of the ‘Other’ faced with the Colonial French State (Frantz Fanon). No doubt their violence was a cry to assert their dignity….
The Indigènes de la République may only be a small group of university educated enthusiasts for Fanon. Grosfoguel also uses Franz Fanon’s theory of the zones of being and non-being (???) to explain Islamophobia as a form of ‘racism‘ – tracing it back to the Reconquista in Spain.
No doubt medieval Islamic empires were not colonial…..
They may only be the political wing of post-colonial studies…..
But we observe that this event is a bit more serious.
Where does this ‘Human rights’ group come from politically?
These are the people Richard Seymour, responsible for much of Left Unity’s ‘anti-racist’ policy, is now associating with.
Ex-Head of M15 agrees with the Indigènes, the Islamic Human Rights Commission and Seymour.
Charlie Hebdo: Publishing cartoon of prophet Mohammed was an act of provocation, says ex head of MI6.
(1) Involved in an ‘alternative’ anti-colonial genocide day. Zionism, to this group, is (citing Edward Said), a ” fléau raciste, colonial et déshumanisant.”