(Translated by Ken Knabb except for “Vigilance!” – taken from “Enragés & Situationists in the Occupation Movement, France May ’68” – Viénet (Autonomedia/Rebel Press, 1992) )
Comrades, hundreds of tracts are published every day. Choose the best and reproduce them yourselves or send them to the printers who are on strike.
REPRODUCTION OF SOME TRACTS DISTRIBUTED IN THE SORBONNE ON MAY 16.
Considering that the Sud-Aviation factory at Nantes has been occupied for two days by the workers and students of that city…
and that today the movement is spreading to several factories (Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne in Paris, Renault in Cléon, etc.),
THE SORBONNE OCCUPATION COMMITTEE calls for
the immediate occupation of all the factories in France and the formation of Workers Councils.
Comrades, spread and reproduce this appeal as quickly as possible.
Sorbonne, 16 May 1968 – 3:30 pm
SLOGANS TO BE SPREAD NOW
by EVERY MEANS
(leaflets, announcements over microphones, comic strips, songs, graffiti, speech bubbles on paintings in the Sorbonne, announcements in theatres during films or while disrupting them, speech bubbles on subway billboards, before making love, after making love, in elevators, each time you raise your glass in a bar):
OCCUPY THE FACTORIES
POWER TO THE WORKERS’ COUNCILS
ABOLISH CLASS SOCIETY
DOWN WITH THE SPECTACLE-COMMODITY SOCIETY
END THE UNIVERSITY
HUMANITY WON’T BE HAPPY UNTIL THE LAST BUREAUCRAT IS HUNG WITH THE GUTS OF THE LAST CAPITALIST
DEATH TO THE COPS
ALSO FREE THE 4 GUYS CONVICTED FOR LOOTING ON MAY 6TH
OCCUPATION COMMITTEE OF THE
PEOPLE’S FREE SORBONNE UNIVERSITY
16 May 68, 7pm
The supremacy of the revolutionary assembly can only mean something if it exercises its power.
For the last 48 hours even the capacity of the general assembly to make decisions has been challenged by a systematic obstruction of all proposals for action.
Up until now no motion could be voted on or even discussed, and bodies elected by the general assembly (Occupation Committee and Coordinating Committee) see their work sabotaged by pseudo-spontaneous groups.
All the debates on organisation, which people wanted to argue about before any action, are pointless if we do nothing.
AT THIS RATE, THE MOVEMENT WILL BE BURIED IN THE SORBONNE!
The prerequisite of direct democracy is the minimum support that revolutionary students can give to revolutionary workers who are occupying their factories.
It is inexcusable that yesterday evenings incidents in the GA should pass without retaliation.
The priests are holding us back when anti-clerical posters are torn up.
The bureaucrats are holding us back when, without even giving their names, they paralyse the revolutionary awareness that can take the movement forward from the barricades.
Once again, its the future that is sacrificed to the re-establishment of the old unionism.
Parliamentary cretinism wants to take over the rostrum, as it tries to put the old, patched-up system back on its feet again.
The reform of the university alone is insignificant, when it is the whole of the old world which is to be destroyed.
The movement is nothing if it is not revolutionary.
OCCUPATION COMMITTEE OF THE SORBONNE, May 16, 1968, 4:30 P.M.
WATCH OUT FOR MANIPULATORS!
WATCH OUT FOR BUREAUCRATS!
No one should be unaware of the importance of the General Assembly this evening (Thursday, May 16). Over the last two days several individuals, recognisable from having previously been seen peddling their various party lines, have succeeded in sowing confusion and in smothering the GAs under a barrage of bureaucratic manipulations whose crudeness clearly demonstrates the contempt they have for this assembly.
This assembly must learn how to make itself respected or disappear. Two points must be discussed above all:
– WHO CONTROLS THE SECURITY MARSHALS? whose disgusting role is intolerable.
– WHY IS THE PRESS COMMITTEE — which dares to censor the communiqués that it is charged to transmit to the news agencies — composed of apprentice journalists who are careful not to disappoint the ORTF bosses so as not to jeopardise their future job possibilities?
Apart from that: Considering that the workers are beginning to occupy several factories in France, FOLLOWING OUR EXAMPLE AND WITH THE SAME RIGHT WE HAVE, the Sorbonne Occupation Committee issued a statement approving of this movement at 3pm this afternoon. The central problem of this evening’s GA is therefore to declare itself by a clear vote supporting or disavowing this appeal of its Committee.