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Human Rights Groups, Anti-Racists, Trade Unions, Students, and Left Unite in Paris to Protest Against Anti-Semitism and Conspiracy Mongering.

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Condamner l’antisémitisme et combattre tous les racismes !

RAAR press release The RAAR is pleased with the success of the gathering it organised today in Paris on the Place Baudoyer (Town Hall of the 4th district).Several hundred people there demonstrated their strong determination to combat anti-Semitic propaganda. …..

The presence of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his party La France insoumise made the news:

Libération published this ‘Tribune’ on Saturday.

It begins….

“The Covid pandemic has given rise to a surge in anti-Semitism and conspiracy-mongering.  It has taken the form of the comparison between vaccination and the health pass (Vaccination ‘passport’) to the Shoah. Yellow stars have been brandished . There have been talk of the ‘Nazi Pass’ and analogies to the words written on the gates of Auschwitz.

Anti-Semitic words and acts have multiplied during and outside of recent demonstrations. There have been those who have not hesitated to blame Jewish figures for the health situation, in direct and explicit form, or through the use of the coded anti-Semitic meme Qui? “Who?” (a call on marches, as in ‘Who is to blame?” – not far off QAnon thinking).

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The open letter underlines the leading of the far-right in the recent anti-Macron, anti-Health Pass demonstrations.

The supporters of the far right are at the forefront of this campaign. But tolerance of anti-Semitic words and speeches goes well beyond that. 

This is a longer list of those backing the rally:

Liste des organisations signataires de l’appel au rassemblement du 19 septembre :

Juifves VNR ; Juives et juifs révolutionnaires (JJR) Mémorial 98 ; Mémorial des nomades et forains de France ; Union des juifs pour la résistance et l’entraide (Ujre) ; Une autre voix juive (UAJV) ; Ligue des droits de l’homme (LDH) ; Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (Mrap one of the oldest anti-racist groups in France) ; Mouvement de la paix ; Fédération syndicale unitaire (FSU) (teachers’ trade union); Mouvement national lycéen (MNL) ; Union syndicale Solidaires ; Cedetim ; Collectif Collages judéités queer ; Collectif Agitations ; Collectif Cases rebelles ; Collectif Nta rajel ? ; Collectif national pour les droits des femmes (CNDF) ; Comité Vérité pour Adama (anti-fascists and anti-racists from the banlieue) ; Lallab ; Debunkers de hoax et rumeurs d’extrême droite ; Dijon antifa ; Droit au logement (DAL) ; Fédération nationale des maisons des potes ; Attac-France (linked to Le Monde Diplomatique and ‘alter-globalisation’ movements) ; Fondation Copernic (left think-tank) ; Assemblée citoyenne des originaires de Turquie (Acort) ; IBUKA-France ; SOS Racisme (known for its big anti-racist demos in the 1980s); La Horde ; La Jeune Garde ; 1 001 Lesbiennes et Queers ; Mouvement du christianisme social ; Pour une écologie populaire et sociale (Peps) ; Editions syndicalistes ;

From the radical left and the Communist Party:

Revue «Révolution prolétarienne» ; Vigilance et initiatives syndicales antifascistes (Visa) ; Gauche démocratique et sociale (GDS) ; Les jeunes écologistes ; Ensemble ! ; Fédération anarchiste ; Parti communiste français (PCF) ; Union communiste libertaire (UCL).

More backing:

Background:

French Anti-Pass Demonstrations.

By: John Barzman New Politics. September 16, 2021

Extract:

What is the role of the right in these demonstrations? Who makes up these rightwing groups?

John Barzman – Beyond the broad social and semi-political layers described above, two organized categories should be distinguished: issue-oriented groups and clearly identified ideologies and organizations.

The first category is best represented by Reinfocovid. It has appeared at various moments as denying the gravity of the pandemic, opposed to masks, or vaccinations, and now to the «pass» and to any «vaccinal obligation». It includes dissident embittered nurses, medical doctors, researchers, whose scientific credentials are often unclear. There are also parents concerned with the ability of their children to flirt. And internet influencers too. They tend to support Didier Raoult and his various proposals for alternatives to the best-known remedies, as well as guru Louis Fouché. After July 12, these networks encouraged the formation of Facebook pages titled «Anti pass sanitaire» followed by the name of a city or region, which immediately recruited hundreds of thousands of subscribers. They have equipment : sound systems, musical instruments, disguises (all-white uniforms), speakers and a hierarchy of influencers. They often admire the Trumpist movements of various kinds in the US and imitate their tactics.

The second category encompasses organized far-right groups, generally acting undercover or combining open interventions and quiet infiltration. The context is the decision of the main far right leader, Marine Le Pen, to present her party, Rassemblement national, as conventional republicans («banalisation») uninvolved in violence, and capable of uniting the French people («apaisement», «union nationale»). Her acceptance of the euro caused a split. Her number two leader, Florian Philippot, split and formed the Parti des patriotes with a more «sovereigniste» (nationalist) message. As Philipot was stagnating, he seized the opportunity of widespread social discontent, police demonstrations and the anti-pass moment to organize demonstrations in his own name, or in alliance with sections of the Gilets Jaunes. Other far-right groups known as «identitaires» have engaged in similar work. They combine this with infiltration of the broader movement promoting the actions called by their leaders, as well as the slogan «Freedom», and a ban on «corrupt» political organizations and trade unions. All of this is quite compatible with a future sudden call for unity behind the far right candidate, be it Marine Le Pen, Eric Zemmour, François Asselineau, or Nicolas Dupont Aignan, in exchange for prominent positions on the Marine Le Pen team. Or a far-right and right coalition, as advocated by Marion Maréchal Le Pen (Marine Le Pen’s niece).

Another strong far right current is the Catholic fundamentalist («intégrisme catholique») group Civitas. Most recently, this organization acquired a mass audience and experience with organizing demonstrations and tactical relations with middle-of-the-road allies, in demonstrations against the law extending the rights of homosexual couples to marry (the «Mariage pour tous» law) in 2012-2013, actions which were dubbed «Manif pour tous» (the demonstration for everybody). There has been a constant resistance since then to each new measure going in that direction, in the name of protecting children, a theme which reemerges today as «protect our children against the evil vaccine».”

Libération reports that week after week there have been clashes between the far left and the violent wing of this far-right, “Semaine après semaine, les affrontements opposant militants d’extrême droite et antifascistes se multiplient dans les cortèges. “

It would be a step forward in Britain if a similar united front could be shown against the anti-vaxx and their far-right allies here.

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

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