Prevention – or how to arrest people before they have done anything

Analysis of the current resources of repression and the interview in Le Figaro, on June 29th.

On June 29th, we learn about 3300 men and women work “to fight terrorism”, attack on national security and on economical capital”.
The DCRI have been created on July 2008, by a fusion between the DST (Direction of territory Surveillance) and the RG (General Intelligence). Practically, information is shared between different teams, and tend to bring justice and police, police and military matters together.

When answering to the question “what is your conclusion after two years of work”, the director informs us that the “must” of his work, is to “investigate months long, even years, to prevent the action”.
Indeed, the last arrests and anti-terrorist cases confirm this position. Arresting people accusing them of an action they haven’t committed yet, is a strategy used to put pressure on them and to isolate them.
Accusing people of terrorism is then a great excuse to imprison or to sentence them to a judicial control, which means one is waiting for an hypothetical trial in a cell, or one can not leave the house. Preventing you from seeing your friends, forcing you to work, and calling you at the police station to confirm your attendance are basic ways to investigate about links, breaking friendships, and dragging down any political will. A simple definition to pacification.
He resumes: “If we intervene after the tragedy, it means we have failed in the detection of the threat”.

But who are they?

After explaining the “djihadist threat” and all the cases he and his team have supposedly foiled, the journalist comes to the “extreme-link” interest.
According to police, the inner enemy is difficult to define. He actually could be everywhere! In some articles, police and experts talk about the “alternative” people, the “autonomous circle” or “situationist circle”. Actually, anybody who strikes or participates to a demonstration. Nothing clear in this definition.
In some other articles, they describe a ‚movement‘, a ‚community‘, or an extremely organized group. Because there are not any specific insurrectionist-armed-anti-state-action group,  the experts rather talk about a circle of influence, a network: you are  not in a military group, but you know people who know people… And this specific people, gathering around strikes, ideas, wills, blockades and wishes-are preparing something. At one point we both agree: to fight against the power will always be defined as violent, simply because it’s not in their interest.
And this violence, this resistance, when not denied, is considered as “terrorism”.
In one hand, terrorizing the population- with potential and undefinable dangerous protagonists.

In the other hand, reassuring people, by creating a name for this threat, and saying special forces control the situation.

Actually, where are they?

According to his investigations, this “UltraLeft fringe” is still active, even after “Tarnac
dragnet” (1).  They were obviously visible in summits as in Strasbourg, Vichy or Poitiers (2).

Police defines these criminals according to the subjects they fight: anti-jail,  anti-nuclear, anti-security society.We then learn they are people who follow the situation in Greece very closely (3).

It’s suspicious, and serious, because, the “riots in Greece [were] followed with political murders”. Here we go again, with the ghost of murders. When arresting people in France, police compared the accused individuals and Action Directe group, known for their actions in the 70’s and 80’s, specifying their “violence” because of claimed murders.

What currently happens in Greece could apparently give to rebels in France some ideas, and yes, it could threat the State here. Who’s next?

Since several months, these kind of articles are published before a political decision, or a police raid, in order to justify them. Even before the creation of the DCRI, general analysis has been given to Michelle Alliot-Marie: “From the anti-cpe conflict to the the constitution of an international preliminary-terrorist network: regards on the French and European UltraLeft” (2008). In his last interview, Squarcini gives several examples of alarm signs: actions against the Penitentiary Administration, the Justice Ministry or several actions against bank ATMs(4). Some marks to let us know where he would hit.

“Logically, we deduce you are preparing fresh large-scale operations, in a near future. Beware, Mr  Squarcini, you become predictable![…]

In Greece, it’s not the anarchists who attempted to take over the Parliament, but consistent strikers. You seem to think that by pestering us with your justice and police, by exasperating number of known activists on your files, you will push one or another to any wacky or indefensible act; you will create in somebody’s mind the reasoning that, if one has to go to prison, one might as well be imprisoned for something serious. And not for a sticker on an ATM. Unfortunately, we are quite lucid on the situation, and nobody of us yearns for the avant-garde sacrificial heroic role. The armed existentialism of the 70’s does not appeal to us very much, and we know to be patient. Our presence only brings to light the deep sickness hitting your social Order; you could try to annihilate us, the sickness will stay- kept intact and, as fatal as it always has been.”

From the  Open letter to M. Squarcini, published on Indymedia Nantes, by the CCUG-UO (Central Committee of the Ultra-Organized Ultra-Left) (5)

1 ‚Tarnac‘ case: name of the village considered of the center of a ‚conspiring organization‘ linked to a called ‚Comite Invisible‘. People were accused for rail sabotages on high-speed trains. This raid was heavily related by the media.

2 NATO summit in Strasbourg, April 2009. European Immigration summit in the so-known town Vichy, October 2008. Surprise demonstration during Poitiers street-art festival, October 2009.

3 Article about French people traveling in Greece: In French, France info:

Its analysis, in English:

4 About the alleged serial ATM and arrested people in Paris, on February 15th and June 8th.

Several attacks on bank ATMs and collaborators of the deportation machine have been attacked in solidarity with the Vincennes Detention Center prisoners, facing a trial because accused of burning down their prison in summer 2008. An outline of solidarity actions and walks can be read here September 2009-January 2010: contributions/outline-of-actions-in-solidarity-with-the-vincennes- detention-center-detainees-in-trial-and-against-prisons/

5  Open letter to M. Squarcini, by the CCUG-UO, French:

More info

-The interview by Le Figaro:

– Brochure: The emergence of the Anarcho-Autonomes theory, English tactics/

-La prison a la maison [prison at home], French:

-Mauvaises intentions [bad intentions]: on the anti-terrorist cases since 2008, and the emergence of the “anarcho-autonomes” state theory. With press articles and letters from comrades.



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