(Translated in Schnapp – Document 31)
NATIONAL UNION OF FRENCH STUDENTS
CALL TO THE POPULATION
Police violence erupted in savage repression against the students during the evening of Friday, May 3: 596 arrests, hundreds of injured. Like the workers at Caen and elsewhere, students, passersby, even high-school students were victims of fierce repression.
In effect, their struggle is fundamentally the same: workers reject the society that exploits them, students reject a University that tends to make them the docile leaders of a system founded upon exploitation, sometimes even the direct accomplices of this exploitation.
The reactionary press aims at presenting the student movement as a revolt of privileged youth and seeks to cut us off from our natural allies. The bourgeoisie knows that it is with the workers and only with them that the students can win. Against this wall of lies the students must make known to the public the motives of their struggle.
THE BOURGEOISIE SEEKS TO ISOLATE AND TO DIVIDE THE MOVEMENT ; OUR ANSWER MUST BE IMMEDIATE
HERE IS WHY:
THE UNEF PROPOSES THAT THE UNIONS OF TEACHERS AND WORKERS RETURN TO THE UNIFYING PROCESS WHICH ACTUALLY FUNCTIONED DURING THE DEMONSTRATION : WORKERS, HIGH-SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAVE SPONTANEOUSLY RESPONDED WITH THE U.N.E.F. TO POLICE AGGRESSION.
AGAINST POLICE REPRESSION
AGAINST THE REACTIONARY PRESS
AGAINST THE BOURGEOIS UNIVERSITY
GENERAL STRIKE FROM MONDAY ON, AND UNTIL THE LIBERATION OF ALL OUR COMRADES, EVERYBODY PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMONSTRATION IN THE LATIN QUARTER ON MONDAY AT 6:30 P.M.
Students, organise basic UNEF combat committees in your faculties, by departments or by class year, to continue the struggle, particularly in view of the coming examinations. Permanent headquarters will be set up from now on by the UNEF in order to organise formation of these committees. Comrades injured in the course of the demonstrations or witnesses of police aggression, are asked to get in touch with the UNEF ( tel. DAN 8601 )