THE STATE IS CALM
it has built its electoral machine
OF THE FACTORIES
(16 June 1968 – Atelier Populaire)
Blue screen-print (Atelier Populaire stamp)
47.5 x 76 cm
Gasquet p. 192 ; Camard #88b ; Mesa p110, UUU p79, Dobson #185 ; Beaubourg #121 ; Murs #177 ; Chartres #79 ; Beauty #69; Artcurial #413
“The Metal Workers will hold firm for the struggle of all Workers”
(12 June 1968 – Atelier Populaire)
Blue screen-print on semi-gloss paper (Atelier Populaire stamp – no border)
42 x 62.5 cm
Gasquet p. 79 Camard # 73b ; Wlassikoff p. 115 ; Dobson #108 ; UUU p. 46 ; Les Affiches #93; Peters #142 ; Beauty #89 ; Mesa p106 ; Murs #125 ; Chartres #62 ; Artcurial #369
A comrade is dead. A young high-school student: Gilles Tautin, who was at the Lycée Mallarmé. A member of the Movement for the Support of the People’s Struggle. A member of the Union of Young Communists (marxist-leninist). He died at FLINS.
He drowned, having been beaten by the police. Other comrades have still not returned. All day hundreds of young people were chased, hunted down and arrested. And was proletarian FLINS killed, or not? We will find out. Hundreds of proletarians injured. Gilles is our witness.
* Who killed our comrade? : The cops, the Gaullist dictatorship. This government of assassins loathes the People. Built on the power of exploiters, this government is despised by workers, farmers, intellectuals and the whole working population. Our People have risen up against this government. The strength of the millions of proletarians making themselves masters of the factories has rattled the exploiters: the capitalists are trembling. Today their government wants to make the People pay, make them forget that they are an invincible force. It wants to divide them, to repress them. It will not able to.
The Gaullist government hoped that everyone would return to “order”. Didn’t it promise legislative elections? Yes, elections in order that work resumes. So that work resumes before THE SATISFACTION OF THE WORKERS’ DEMANDS. Elections so that workers return to their factories under pressure from the scabs, the cops, and the CDR. Elections in order to defeat the People. And when workers resist as at CITROEN and RENAULT, the government of assassins sends in its CRS.
But like all reactionaries, the Gaullist government underestimates the strength of the People: the working class resists, the youth and the population maintain the bastions of proletarian resistance. At FLINS workers, students, and the whole population are united, united in the success of the same cause: the cause of the People.
* Who has assisted the government in the task of division and repression? : Anti-worker and anti-popular politicians. The vast mass of the country has seen them at work. The leaders of FO, kissing the arses of ministers. The leaders of the CFDT, who signed all the capitulating agreements and who, while the working class was fighting for satisfaction of all of its demands and for a popular government, found a way to introduce THEIR candidate, the retired anticommunist politician MENDES-FRANCE. Finally the NATIONAL BUREAU of the CGT, and the political gang of the PCF.
The stance of the confederated leadership of the CGT was DISGUSTING. It called for the return to work through sham secret ballots. It sabotaged the self-defence of the factories. It opened the gates of FLINS to the CRS. IT HAS DISARMED THE WORKING CLASS SO THAT THE ELECTIONS CAN TAKE PLACE. AND IT HAS ARMED THE ASSASSINS: at FLINS.
What did the Confederal Bureau of the CGT AND HUMANITE say on June 7 1968?:
- “The government has omitted to name the real troublemakers and provocateurs whose machinations, including those against the return to work, are covered by a singular deference by the State”.
- The government has responded to this call: it killed our comrade.
Our comrade is dead. It is the Gaullist government and ITS ACCOMPLICES IN THE NATIONAL BUREAU of the CGT and in the LEADERSHIP of the PCF who are responsible for his murder. Our comrade died for the SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE. For the Unity of the Youth Movement and the Workers’ Movement. He went to FLINS to put himself under the authority of the workers and proletarian unionists of the CGT. Because he belonged to a political organisation that springs from the working masses. An organisation which is proud to count defenders of the proletarian CGT among its members. He was a young militant who defended the cause of the workers and of the great CGT, permanently linked: the class struggle. He did not confuse the traitors of the national leadership with the hundreds of thousands of CGT militants who are ardent defenders of the workers’ cause. It must be made known FOR WHAT and FOR WHO he died: FOR THE WORKING CLASS, FOR THE CGT of CLASS STRUGGLE, FOR THE PARTY of REVOLUTIONARY PROLETARIANS, which he helped to build, FOR THE PEOPLE. He had etched in his mind the direction of the great guide of world Revolution, comrade Mao Tse-tung: SERVE THE PEOPLE.
COMRADE, from now on your name is inseparable from the peoples revolution, from the springtime of our people!
We pledge to follow the path that you have marked out with your blood. The blood of proletarians, the blood of our high-school comrade and of those who have died WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PEOPLE, is THE BLOOD of MARTYRS for us all. Martyrs of the PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION. It arouses our hatred, which is immense, to meet the amount of suffering inflicted on the People by its exploiters.
Comrades, around the red flag of proletarian resistance, of the
People’s Revolution, of communism: UNITED UNTIL VICTORY!
Proletarian unionists of the CGT
Movement of the Support of the People’s Struggle
Union of Young Communists (marxist-leninist) and Organisations of SERVE THE PEOPLE
“French and Immigrant Workers Unite” (text in Spanish, Portugese & Arabic)
(10 June 1968 – Atelier Populaire)
Red screenprint on newsprint (no stamp)
56 x 78 cm
Dobson, #153; Beauty #176; Gasquet p. 159 ; Wlassikoff p.41 ; Mesa p52; Peters #59; Les Affiches #151
RENAULT-FLINS : IT CONTINUES
ON THURSDAY 5000 CRS IN HALF-TRACKS OCCUPIED THE FLINS FACTORY, BY SATURDAY THERE WERE 10,000!…
DE GAULLE ADMITS:
– the employers have the means to quickly recover the increase in salaries
– the bourgeoisie know that any continuation of the struggle poses the issue of workers’ power.
So those in power profit from the dividing the struggles in order to attempt to crush the whole working class: FLINS was attacked first because it was a isolated factory.
However the workers fought, still fight and have defeated the manoeuvre of the bourgeoisie.
For 15 days the struggle proved that unity is our real strength in the abolition of the ruling class.
THE ISOLATION OF FLINS IS BROKEN
THE STRIKE IS REINFORCED!
To help your comrades to liberate their factory:
LET’S SET UP NEW FRONTS IN THE STRUGGLE WHEREVER WE ARE, IN THE COMPANIES, IN THE DISTRICTS, IN ORDER TO BREAK UP THE STATE,S FORCES: THE CRS CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE!
GATHER TOGETHER AND TOMORROW…
The Action Committees of the Paris region
The Movement to Support the Peoples’ Struggle
Movement of 22 March
(June 68 – Comités d’Action/Mouvement de Soutien aux Luttes du Peuple/Mouvement Du 22 Mars)
Blue offset on semi-gloss paper
46 x 61.5 cm
Chartres #72 ; Artcurial #388 ; Camard #74b ; Les Affiches #58
National Council of French Employers
31 rue Pierre 1er de Serbie – Paris 16e
To all Workers:
In an agreement with the majority of your unions we have granted you many dozens of hours of extra paid leave along with significant increases in wages.
Therefore, on the eve of the summer holidays, we suggest that you leave for Club Med and no longer concern yourself with “workers’ councils” and “class struggle” .
Would you also please steer clear of occupying the factories.
Paris, 7 June 1968
For the C.N.P.F., the president
RENAULT LEADS THE WAY
The state decided to make an example out of the workers of Renault, who have been at the forefront of these three weeks of fighting. To do this, it chose the moment when other sectors were returning to work. It chose the Renault corporation’s most isolated factory. THIS PUNITIVE ACT AIMED TO SET AN EXAMPLE. By doing this the state wanted to show that the established order can’t be scorned.
BUT, BY THEIR RESISTANCE, THE WORKERS OF RENAULT FLINS HAVE DEFEATED THE STATE’S CRS
Strengthened by the support of the local people, they revealed the willpower and the determination of the working class in its resolute opposition to employers’ power.
REFUSING TO INCORPORATE THEMSELVES INTO THE EMPLOYERS’ STATE, REFUSING ALL FORMES OF ILLUSORY PARTICIPATION, THEY FIGHT FOR ALL WORKERS. Effectively the benefits snatched by the workers from the bosses will, by De Gaulle’s own admission, be eaten away by inflation owing to rising prices. ONLY CONTROL THROUGH WORKERS’ POWER CAN PRESERVE THESE BENEFITS AGAINST EVERY RECLAMATION OF THE EMPLOYERS.
The struggle of the workers at Flins demonstrates that the phase of social tranquility isrelative and that, tomorrow, the movement can begin again with vigour, strengthened by the experience it has acquired.
LET’S SUPPORT THE BATTLE OF EVERY WORKER ON STRIKE.
LET’S JOIN IN WITH THE STRUGGLE OF THE WORKERS AT FLINS.
THE ACTION COMMITTEES