Mass uprising, which started after a teenager was murdered by the police in Nanterre, Paris, continue. The sixth night of the mass uprising was reported to be lower in intensity. Still, on the night to Monday 300 cars were torched, 34 buildings were set on fire and 157 people arrested. At the same time, mayors of many French towns have called for ”anti-violence” protests in front of town halls for Monday. On Sunday night, president Macron held a special security meeting, and wants to start a ”detailed, longer-term assessment of the reasons which led to the unrest”.
As the repression of the police cannot stop the protests, the State is attempting to regain control by other means. The media has intensified its campaign against the protests: for example, Le Monde English writes in its editorial that ”The anger of the early days quickly mutated into a form of ultraviolence without a message, accompanied by systematic looting”. However, the reports published by the same newspaper directly expose this as false: “Communes everywhere in France are the scene of serious unrest, which targets republican symbols with extreme violence”, says the statement of the mayors of many French towns, aimed at the pacification of the protest. The statement is an example of how the reaction attempts to split the people by hypocritically ”condemning” violence (or, violence used by the oppressed against oppressors) and asking people to protest for conciliation. Especially the attack on the home of the mayor of L’Haÿ-les-Roses has caused panic among the bourgeoisie. In order to demonize the protesters, the media first wrote that one of the children of the mayor was injured, which was later revoked and changed into that it was the wife who was injured while running. At the same time when the media focuses on writing sad stories about the broken leg of the wife of the mayor, it has not been publicized how many protesters have been injured from the violent repression used against them by the police, which clearly views the proletarian youth as less than human, as we wrote yesterday, not to mention the actual cause of the mass uprising: the exploitation and the murders faced by the poorest masses in the banlieues.
The BBC points out accurately: “France may be calming down. (…) But the spectre of potential renewed violence hangs over France. On the streets and across social media here, French men and women predict, if relations between the authorities and housing estates such as Nahel’s remain unchanged, France’s streets could easily ignite again – as they’ve done many times in the past.”