France: Against 49.3

22nd March 2023

When popular opposition to his pension “reform” became too strong, French president Macron desperately resorted to invoking the French constitution's article 49.3 and forcing through his programme without so much as a single vote cast. That night, the streets of Paris spontaneously combusted. Strikes have intensified. Opposition to the reform has only strengthened. Here we publish a response to the government’s rising authoritarianism from the Francophone Anarchist Federation.

We anarchists have been denouncing the authoritarianism of representative and parliamentary systems for almost 200 years.
We tirelessly dissect the methods and mechanisms of power to expose the deception, which consists in disguising the subjugation of the people as an unsurpassable universal democracy.
We relentlessly accuse governments of all colours, bosses of all stripes and clergy of all superstitions of organising our servitude and stifling our thirst for freedom through fear and injustice.

Today, the actors of the democratic masquerade have lost their costume: the government, against the clear and determined will of a large majority of the population, simply displays the most crass contempt, otherwise known as the 49.3.

So the masks have fallen off? No more pretence?
Let's do it!
Let us respond with open hearts!
Without fear of expressing our desires!
Without forgetting that they are incompatible with their nauseating world!
Self-management and libertarian federalism!

Long live the social and libertarian revolution!
Long live anarchy!

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