Unlike some clichés, the question is not whether to know whether the Police are generally racist or prone to violence. These are people, perhaps because they are motivated by law and order, perhaps because the Police is one of the few bodies of civil servants to actually be recruiting staff, who have chosen this profession. But with a situation of absurdity and violence such as in Calais, how to make this assumable for everyone, how can people be psychologically armed to become actors ?
A tract of UNSA Police trade Union, close to the government, provides some answers as to who among others participates in this arming of the mind – here it is the Union.
You can download the leaflet here. télécharger ce tract ici.
The title, “Notebook” and the cover sheet, reproduces the patterns of a class notebook, presents it as the tool of knowledge and basic understanding about the issue addressed, “Calais”.
“The jungle of Calais, its migrants by the thousands, its wild spaces, its occupations, its fires and murders have practically become a cultural feature of the Pas-de-Calais. ”
The first paragraph thus sets the scene.
Following three paragraphs followed by a map, apparently explain the context ( “If you missed the previous episodes …”). In fact, nothing explains who the people in exile, who find themselves stuck in Calais actually are, the reasons for this situation, the reasons for their departure and for their journey. The causes of the closure of the Sangatte centre are evoked ( “Public disorder is constant”), It was the choice of the Exiles to go to live on a site classified Seveso (dangerously industrially polluted) near Calais (whereas in fact it was the state which forced them to leave the squats and camps that existed to live on this inhospitable terrain), Grande-Synthe is a camp that was set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres and the help of the town of Calais (sic: “Médecins sans Frontières, against the advice of the State, but with the help of the municipality of Calais, set up with its own funds a new camp at the Grande Synthe “).
The state has nothing to do with the situation, those responsible are the Exiles, the associations, and the town of Calais.
Following the description of the action of the “enemy” attempts at passing on the highway and the ring road access to the port. Who better than the Police must know that these attempts are the last remaining opportunities for Exiles who cannot afford to pay the smugglers, and that their rates have increased tenfold since the controls have been strengthened around the Channel Tunnel and the port, and that the traffic jams have almost disappeared on their access roads.
At the end of this purely political speal, a series of demands are used as warnings, to show the organization which wrote the leaflet is a trade union.