Some 60 organisations – from the CGT and FSU unions and left-wing political party La France Insoumise to rights organisations including SOS Racisme, Ligue des droits de l’Homme and Oxfam – have called for demonstrations to take place in towns and cities across France on Saturday, June 12th.
Their joint statement read: “For several months we have been witness to an alarming political and social climate. Allying with the extreme right or adopting its ideas is no longer forbidden.
“Racist and sexist comments and acts at work and in life are spreading.
“Attacks on social rights and freedoms are increasing. In this political, economic, social and health context, injustices are exploding and causing great social misery.
“Several liberticidal laws are organising an authoritarian society of surveillance and control which will make the already excessive police violence invisible. Moreover, if some of these laws stigmatise a part of the population because of their religion, others target them because of their militant activity.
“In the face of this climate of hatred, racism and attacks on individual and collective freedoms, we have decided collectively to organise a first major national day of demonstrations and mobilisations on Saturday, June 12th.”
“Like the signatories of the appeal for freedoms and against the mortifying ideas of the extreme right (www.appelpourleslibertes.com)
Individual supporters can add their name to a list of signatories backing the day of demonstrations and its intentions at www.appelpourleslibertes.com