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(en) France, UCL AL #314 - Politics, Story of struggle: on hunger strike to regularize Madama (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 14 Apr 2021 10:52:53 +0300

Welcomed for two years in a family in Puy-en-Velay, a young migrant from Mali is threatened with expulsion by the prefecture of Haute-Loire. Hunger strike, demonstrations, association and inter-union mobilization are organized in order to fight state brutality. Story of an ongoing struggle. ---- At the end of January, the ax of the prefecture fell: it refused to regularize Madama, welcomed by the family of two of our comrades. A violent shock for them but also for our group which knows the young Malian well. After the emotion, we decided to put all our energy into a hard and long fight to support Eric in his choice to start a hunger strike on January 30. ---- 03/09. Since the writing of the article, the situation has continued to evolve. Madama is in prison.
After more than a year of battle with the prefecture, it wanted to send Madama back, while he has been living with another Malian, with our comrades for two years and that he has created strong emotional ties with them, making the final part of their family. Hence the strong emotional charge in this conflict. The hunger strike helped publicize this situation.

Well relayed by the local press, widely supported by a set of associations around RESF43 and a very large inter-union (Solidaires, CGT, FO, FSU, CFDT, CFTC), the event gave rise to an exceptional event on February 17 in Puy-en-Velay, bringing together 800 people and marked by a large UCL procession thanks to the reinforcement of comrades from Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand and Livradois.

To achieve this, we had to play the balancing act between our political positions and an essentially humanist strategy. In the end, we retain the tremendous outpouring of solidarity that has gone far beyond the small world of activists, because many have become aware, with Madama's defense, of the practices of the prefectures, their violence and the tragedies that result from it.

February 17, 2021. Support for Madama
Photo: Lucien Soyere / Power relations
In the face of brutality, the fight is organized
On the other hand, the prefect, former sub-prefect of Dunkirk and responsible for the evacuation of the camp of Grande Scynthe, attacked our two comrades directly. On January 9, he banned a first rally on the pretext that "... this initiative supported by groups of the local ultra left[...]it is not excluded that this second group[...]knowingly disrupts the rally causing serious disturbances to public order". Then, on January 15, he forbade our comrades to accompany Madama, as agreed, however, to his meeting with the immigration services. Cops, some of whom proudly displayed their Alliance union cordon, prevented them from following him.

Finally, by a press release, the Prefect demanded from our comrades a public apology for "unworthy" remarks they allegedly made, namely: having used the expression "state racism" and having dared to bring the reception closer together. by the "Just" in Chambon-sur-Lignon and the brutality of the migration policy. A public response was given by Véro and Eric during the demonstration on February 17.

Since then, the prefect has declared that he wants to re-examine Madama's case with new documents received by his family. After 19 days of hunger strike, Eric decided to suspend her.

The mobilization continues, with legal appeals filed by a lawyer specializing in the rights of migrants and new gatherings to further expand the movement.

UCL Puy-en-Velay

Read also: "Madama: He lives here, he stays here" , Union Communiste Libertaire, February 5, 2021.

More info: UCL Puy-en-Velay

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