Eteocles and Polynices died. Creon, tyrant of Thebes, ordered a funeral for Polynices, but that the body of Eteocles be left unburied, and becomes the prey of dogs. Be punished with death anyone who violates his decision. Antigone, sister of Polynices and Éthéocle, braves the ban to give burial to the latter. The opposition is between the excesses of Creon in the disproportionate and brutal exercise of power and the unconditional loyalty of Antigone to the links that unite to other humans.
When we pay homage to the deads of Nice and Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a tribute to the deads of the British border is prohibited by the prefect of Pas-de-Calais. In the name of the state of emergency, meant to serve in a fight against terrorism, but used with a cynical opportunism by the government to suppress opposition to its policy (see here, here, here, here, here and here). One manifestante was arrested and will go to trial Oct. 18 for her participation in a prohibit gathering (called a “rout”). There are deads to be honored, and the other one must left to dogs, otherwise fall under anti-terrorism legislation. As if all deads are not equal facing the barbarism.
For fifteen years, the solidarity for people whose successive governments intend to make pariahs is a crime, making arrow all usable forms of legislation (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and there).
But yet over the years the solidarity continues obstinately. Making live solidarity that unites us in our neighbors, even though they be passing. But also because these successive governments are attacking what is for us the basis of social bonds.
Hubert Robert –
Imaginary View of the Grand Gallery of the Louvre in ruins – 1796.