Saturday, July 22, 2006

Samedi 22 juillet rassemblement à 17h30 place Jean Moulin prés de la Mairie de Bordeaux, avec la participation des étudiants libanais et de la FA

There were a number of demonstration in support of the Palestians and Lebanese organised in Bordeaux today. A demonstration was organised by the Lebanese community on the steps of the Grand Theatre, and while there seemed to be sympathy for the demonstrators, most people in town today seemed to be more concerned with shopping. It was also very sad to see the reaction of some of the demonstrators when a group of Palestian activists and supporters unfurled a banner expressing support for both the people of Palestine and Lebanon.

One Leb went crazy and started shouting at the Palestinian supporters to basically fuck off. This is precisely the kind of division that the common enemy wants to foster, and the strategy of divide and conquer is designed to prevent any united voice from emerging. Both the Palestinians and the Lebanese are under attack, and unity is essential right now.

I attended the gathering organised by Fédération Anarchiste (FA) and the Comité Action Palestine (CAP) in place Jean Moulin, which I felt was an appropriate place as Jean Moulin was a hero and martyr of the French Resistance in WW2.

It was a very small gathering of about 150 - 200 people. A number of speeches were made and there was a sense of indignation with the lack of an appropriate response to the situation by the French government and the International Community. There was also a demand that the city of Bordeaux suspends it's Twin City realtionship with the city of Ashdod in Israel. I fully agree with the proposition and will try to find out more about the proposal.

There are going to be some more demonstrations occuring in Bordeaux, and I will hopefully be able to attend some of them:

* Lundi 24 juillet rassemblement organisé par le PCF, la LCR, AC Gironde, la CGT à 18h place Jean Moulin
(Monday 24 July gathering organised by the PCF, the LCR, AC Gironde, CGT at 18h place Jean Moulin)
* Monday 24 July gathering in support of Lebanon at 21h place de la Victoire
* Saturday 29 July European Day of Action - details to be confirmed.


qrswave said...

Hey Jay, it was nice knowing you, friend.

I don't mean to sound alarmist, but I fear that the end of the world as we know it is quite near now. I suspect that it will not be long before the internet is cut off by some "terrorist" attack.

Stay safe.

jayzerz said...

qrs I know what you mean - just trust me that i am with you

peace, love, anarchy and freedom