Original text: Indymedia Lille / Monday 6 September 2021
In solidarity with Boris, who has been in a coma for a month now following a fire in his cell, an Orange vehicle was set on fire in front of the Orange offices in the centre of Grenoble on Sunday night.
Why Orange? Simply because we have read the summary of Boris’ trial, and we have seen that Orange, through its lawyer, has tried to hammer our comrade as much as possible. Of course the judges, prosecutors and wardens are just as responsible for his situation, but we wanted to start a campaign against Orange, because it is easily accessible everywhere: slashed tyres, broken shop windows, tags, burned cars, burned antennas, etc., there is something for everyone who wants to take part in this little campaign, to show that we don’t forget Boris and that we think of him, with our heads held high and our hearts burning!
We take advantage of this little communiqué to participate in the debate on anarchist solidarity. For us, this solidarity should not be limited to repression, because society has many ways of destroying us, and in all these situations it seems important to us that anarchists support each other, to show that affinity is not just an empty word. Especially since the beginning of the Covid crisis, which has considerably isolated many anarchists. We also wanted to say that solidarity is not just about attacking, that there are many ways to express solidarity with the anarchists around us.
We also take the opportunity to express aloud the thorny problem of attack targets, which in recent years have become a common ground with fascists/conspiracy theorists. From antennas (remember that in almost all the antenna burning trials in France, Boris was the only person not to express conspiracy ideas), to vaccination centres. What does this say about contemporary anarchism? And how can we make sure that we don’t confuse anarchist acts with conspiracy acts, and why is this important? The fact that leftists have been hitting the streets hand in hand with fascists/conspirarcy theorists for weeks should alert us to the danger of the idea of common struggle, which means that we don’t care who we’re fighting alongside as long as we have the same practices and the same target. We forget that these people whose actions we applaud or with whom we demonstrate have positions opposed to ours on almost everything, and that we would be their target in other contexts.
Much strength and courage for Boris and his family!