The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Guadeloupe:
Police Summon a Youth of Rebel

Feb 6, 2012

This article is translated from the paper Combat Ouvrier (Workers Fight), produced by the revolutionary workers organization of that name active on the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean.

Raphael Cécé, one of the young comrades of the paper Rebelle (Rebel), and also a militant of Combat Ouvrier, turned himself in at the police station in Pointe-B-Pitre (the capital) on January 13th. The police had demanded he come in after a complaint was filed against him.

A good thirty people accompanied him to the police station. The surprised police pretended it was a private matter, but in reality, it was a political affair (as was shown by the thick folder of the paper Rebelle, which was lying on the desk of the cop who called him in). In fact, the complaint was made by Jean Alice, principal of Baimbridge High School, following the September 30, 2011 mobilization.

That day, many high school students went on strike at the call of Rebelle to protest the schools’ abuse of power. There had been a lot of harassment since the start of the school year, especially in the Lamentin High School, where 52 students were expelled because their hair didn’t please Christian Louis, the head of the school.

In front of Baimbridge, the high school students took up a slogan that’s often heard “chak kochon ni sanmdi a yo” which is a popular proverb in the Creole language of the island literally translated “each pig has its Saturday,” meaning everyone gets his due! The principal pretends this means it was a death threat against him. That’s a laugh.

But Mr. Alice’s complaint reveals that the Guadeloupe school administrators were engaged in some strange doings.

Mr. Alice explained in his complaint that he had phoned the school administrator, who put him in touch with Mr. Delag, the boss in charge of its Mobile Security Team. Mr. Delag searched out information, in order to file the complaint against Raphael Cécé, and also implicated another student with Rebelle!

It seems that the school administration practices political espionage against youth whose only crime is protesting through a paper.

So ... “every pig will have their Saturday!”