Ten years have passed since Bouna and Zied, two youths aged 17 and 15 years, found the death in an electrical transformer, as police hunted them. 10 years ago the banlieues flared at the news of this new murder police. Throughout France, in popular neighborhoods, young people rebelled for almost a month and a half against the police and the bourgeois state. A new specter appeared to the bourgeoisie and its state and for all the European imperialist bourgeoisie who saw new uprisings, from Stockholm to London and also in Ferguson for the imperialist bourgeoisie of the United States.
Faced with this revolt, the bourgeoisie had to declare a state of emergency, which had not been declared since the war in Algeria. From right to left and extreme left too, convictions accumulated against this righteous anger and a mobilization of this magnitude. The so-called ‘revolutionaries’ showed their true face siding with the bourgeoisie and not with the popular masses in struggle. Since the beginning of the revolt, the Maoists have said that this was fully legitimate and that the role of the revolutionaries was to be at the side of the rebels against the police. “It’s right to rebel!” that’s what we hammered in front of all those who have found every excuse imaginable and possible to discredit the just struggle of young people from popular banlieues.
The Maoists have been among the only political forces to be on the field at the very center of the places of the uprising to support it. 10 years later the situation has only worsened. The bourgeoisie discharges the economic crisis on the backs of proletarians, and this reflects even more in popular areas where they almost exclusively proletarians live. Unemployment is 2.5 times higher than the rest of the territory, reaching 45% among young people; the proportion of precarious employment contracts is greater; the poverty rate is three times higher; immigrants or people of immigrant origin are more numerous, suffering, in addition, the oppression of racism; there are more single-parent families, which means more women (90% of single-parent families) in difficult situations (unemployed 50%); housing conditions are more difficult than elsewhere.
In a situation where the state racism is evident, where unemployment is on the rise and working conditions are becoming tougher, the popular quarters are at the forefront in the offensive of the bourgeoisie against the working class. And the police continue to maim, countless are eyes lost because of the fired rubber bullets, and killing, from Wissam El- Yamni to Amine Bentousi the list is long, every year the police kills more than ten people in our neighborhoods… and we see the same thing in all the imperialist countries. The revolt of the banlieues is proof that the proletarian youth cannot crushed and is able to react in France as in all the imperialist countries. Even today, we continue to say that it is right to rebel! Today we must say that it is right to answer to the violence of the bourgeois state through revolutionary violence. So as it is right to support all the struggles that develop outside the rules of the bourgeois state – as at Air France, etc.
The Bloc Rouge (unification of the Maoists) and the Maoist Communist Party – Italy, organize an international meeting in occasion of the 10 years of the revolt in the banlieues, as we did in 2006. Because it is necessary – before and now – to reflect and find a guide to action so that the riots become part of the march of the proletarian revolution in the imperialist countries. We invite all communist forces, revolutionary and progressive at international level to attend this meeting and to contribute in all possible forms.
Where there is oppression, there is resistance!
Against the imperialist bourgeoisie and all reactionaries, it is right to rebel!
Dare to struggle, dare to win!
Bloc Rouge (unification of the Maoists) – France firstname.lastname@example.org
Maoist Communist Party – Italy email@example.com