Yes, indeed! My comment about 1789 was more "Oh-oh, things are heating up" than "Yipee! People are taking back the power". Though it's refreshing to see people waking up to "the terror of the situation" (because they're suffering - "feeling" it, as you say). I'm currently reading Jacques Bainville's Histoire de France, and the Revolution was sure a pretty mess (and indeed manufactured, as summed up in the Saker article you linked to). Douglas Reed also touches on the subjec in CoZ.Hmmm, I hope not. Because when you listen some historians, it really was not what we have been taught in school, nor what our national republican myth like to repeat to us
Exactly, and it happened so many times elsewhere too. I think Joe or Niall talked of it in a paper, that we can forget the illusion of a real revolution of the people. So, let's keep faith in above, and just do what we feel is right, and wait and seeThough what we're seeing here is a spontaneous manifestation of people's anger at the elite represented by Macron, I'm afraid that without any knowledge or awareness of ponerology, the YV "movement" runs the risk of being coopted and subverted by less than savoury individuals or factions who don't necessarily have the people's best interests at heart.
Yes and knowledge protect and it must be distributed.Though what we're seeing here is a spontaneous manifestation of people's anger at the elite represented by Macron, I'm afraid that without any knowledge or awareness of ponerology, the YV "movement" runs the risk of being coopted and subverted by less than savoury individuals or factions who don't necessarily have the people's best interests at heart. The PTB can't allow the rise of a genuine grassroots movement of people "taking power". Without unification around a common aim, disagreement and quarrels are bound to arise (it's already the case). Wait and see, I guess.
DeepL translation.Multiple large French companies and successive French governments actively participate in the repression of the Egyptian masses by the military dictatorship in place. They are active accomplices in the mass surveillance of the Egyptian population, aimed at identifying opponents of the regime to be tortured or made to disappear, as well as in the arming of the military junta of General Abdel Fatah Al-Sissi.
This is stated in a 64-page report entitled "Egypt: a repression made in France", published on June 2 by a group of humanitarian organizations including the League for Human Rights. This report shows the explosive development since 2013 of French sales of arms and equipment for specific repression purposes, as well as the "unconditional" political support of Presidents François Hollande (2012-2017) and Emmanuel Macron to Al-Sissi.
This report is a serious warning. Faced with a rise in opposition among the workers, Macron did not shy away from the most undemocratic and bloody measures. In Egypt, France is testing surveillance and repression measures for a power that the Nazi Gestapo would have envied. This calls for vigilance and determined opposition from workers in France as well as in Egypt and across Europe and the Middle East.
At the "heart of the repressive system" supported by France in Egypt, writes the report, is "the generalized surveillance of the population". The report highlights the frenetic acquisition by Egyptian services of systematic and intrusive espionage equipment and the mass interception of communications. The regime aims for "massive and constant monitoring of digital activism" and transforms "social networks... into an information resource for authorities".
Monitoring supported by France is at the root of "serious and systematic violations" of human rights:
"Human rights violations resulting from the monitoring of communications and digital activities by Egyptian intelligence services range from simple arrest to heavy prison sentences, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture to death, rape, and the public dissemination of private conversations. »
It is also used to "fabricate evidence" against suspected dissenters.
The report points to the sale by French companies of specific equipment including Renault Trucks defence armoured vehicles; Manhurin cartridge manufacturing machine tools; and Nexa Technologie's sale of the highly intrusive Cerebro surveillance system, Cortex systems and the Morpho/Idemia database for massive individual data collection and mass surveillance.
According to the report, these materials are intended to identify any potential opponent or even any unwanted individual and target them for torture or elimination. They also include "Crowd Control Technologies", light armoured drones, military satellites (Airbus Thales), Safran patroller drones.
By providing this equipment, the French State and employers considerably increase the repressive capacities of the Egyptian military junta. The exported surveillance equipment "equips these[security] services with much more massive and intrusive surveillance and filing capabilities than the equipment already at their disposal and significantly enhances their ability to spy on the population, designing the framework for a real control architecture".
Sissi came to power in July 2013 following a bloody military coup that overthrew Mohamed Morsi's government, but targeted above all the workers who had mobilized in 2011 and overthrown Hosni Mubarak's hated regime. The army's counter-revolutionary operation had been supported by the pseudo-left RS (Revolutionary Socialists) party and its international affiliates.
The report accuses the French state, the Dutch PS government and Macron's LRM government of having made the "political choice" to sell to Sissi equipment specifically used to repress social movements.
It describes the concrete reality of this "political choice", mentioning, in addition to the general terror imposed on Egyptians by laws prohibiting any opposition to the regime, the arrests, massive arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, "torture... and other ill-treatment inflicted by the security forces" and the police in "police stations and detention centres" which are "systematic".
"The use of lethal and assault weapons to disperse protests has increased significantly," the report adds.
In addition, there are extrajudicial executions and the massive and increasing use of the death penalty. The report puts the number of political prisoners at 60,000 and mentions "2,811 cases of enforced disappearances at the hands of the security services" between July 2013 and June 2016, a practice that "has become a modus operandi of the Egyptian security forces".
The report insists on the criminal nature of French supplies to the Sissi regime and the systematic violation of both French and European laws. "They[the French authorities] have... chosen not to comply with the decisions of the European Union on arms exports to Egypt, in particular by disregarding the conclusions... of the European Union of 21 August 2013 calling for the'suspension of export licences to Egypt of all equipment that could be used for internal repression'.
At the end of December 2017, the crimes against humanity unit of the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against Nexa for "complicity in acts of torture and enforced disappearances in Egypt".
The report sheds light on some of the background to the collaboration between the Macron government and the Egyptian dictatorship. He identifies the former Dutch Minister of Defence and current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macron, Jean-Yves Le Drian, as the backbone of Sissi's support. It is its influence that military supplies and contracts with Egypt have "exploded" since 2013. These contracts "mark the beginning of the French government's unwavering political support for the new Egyptian military regime," the report says.
"Jean-Yves Le Drian (who has notoriously excellent relations with Abdel Fattah Al Sissi) boasts in 2014[after the planned massacre of a thousand demonstrators in September 2014] in front of the National Assembly "a high quality relationship". Jean-Yves Le Drian was decorated in February 2017 by Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi.
Sissi was received with great pomp by Emmanuel Macron in October 2017. He had opposed publicly mentioning the crimes committed by the Egyptian regime, saying that he "had no lessons to teach" to the dictator.
The report "A repression made in France" sheds a harsh light on the activities of the Macron government, which must serve as a warning to workers across Europe. The facts it reveals testify to the descent of French employers and the French State, under the political leadership of the PS, Macron and their supporters, into the worst political crime.
The EU, France and Germany in the lead, are planning the systematic construction of concentration camps on European soil, ostensibly intended for refugees but ready to serve against the massive opposition among young people and workers to austerity and militarism.
While the EU and France are building up a vast archipelago of prisons, they are also putting in place the technical mechanisms for drastic surveillance and repression of the masses. Politicians of the financial aristocracy are not only ready to dismantle the social achievements and civil rights of workers. They are preparing to re-import the refined methods into Egypt in an attempt to subdue the workers' opposition in Europe.
These retaliatory measures are probably more difficult to implement in France (or even in Europe). But yes, what is happening now is very similar to a test. The PTB certainly has more than one whole in its bag.It would appear that the French government has already knows what measures to take, and has already refined its methods of repression with the Egyptian population in order to apply them with its own population.
Les ONG dénoncent la complicité de la France dans la torture en Egypte -- Sott.net