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Recently, the annual report of the NGO "Human Rights Watch" was published, which reports on the human rights situation in different countries. France was also examined more closely. We would like to present a few results here. For interested readers, the entire report can be found as a PDF here. Among other things, the reactionary government's handling of the corona virus is denounced. The handling of giving more power to the executive has already been criticised in the past. But now the effects of the measures are also becoming apparent:

Every third person lost their income, millions of people were catapulted into poverty. The school closures also only highlight the contradictions between the different social classes.

Another thing, which we have also reported on here in several contexts, is the continuing police violence. For a long time, for example, an explosive tear gas grenade was used at demonstrations, which was now banned last year but replaced by a non-explosive variant. In addition, rubber bullets continue to be used, which have dangerously and fatally injured thousands of people. When the police act outside demonstrations, it can still be seen that they act in a particularly humiliating way against migrant youth. However, this is not only a problem of the police itself, but also imperialist chauvinism in general is very strong, which is also fuelled again and again by the reactionary government or also bourgeois media (we remember Charlie Hebdo). Figures have now been published on racist offences in 2019; unfortunately, these are still pending for last year and will only be published in the course of this year. The various offences are broken down into anti-Semitic acts (up 27%), anti-Muslim (up 54%) and "all other racist acts" (up 131%). The old French state is at the forefront of this when, for example, it dismantled a settlement of Roma families near Paris without providing them with replacement accommodation. But also the numerous violent evictions of self-built refugee camps give a hint that these are not a few "exceptions".

With the "Wieger", the GDR produced an assault rifle based on Kalashnikov, which was supposed to serve the procurement of foreign currency. For this purpose, the GDR deliberately relied on the NATO caliber of the imperialists and their lackeys.

Denmark

The evening of the 16. of January, about a dozen policemen went to a proletarian neighborhood in Elsinore, some of them with helmets and rifles. Why? Because there was reports of 10 youths creating an “unsafe atmosphere”.

France's gendarmerie has problems. The number of applicants has been declining for years. That's why an agreement between the French employment office "Pôle Emploi" and the gendarmerie was already signed on the 4th of July 2019, shortly after an information event was organised to which the unemployed were then invited with their advisor.

Since the 1990s there has been a "tradition" in working class neighbourhoods in France of setting cars on fire. Especially in the years when there were fights with the police, this also became a common part of the struggle of the masses there. This year, when the bourgeoisie tried to stop the masses from fighting by imposing curfews, which also applied on New Year's Eve, again many cars were set on fire all over France. Among others in Strasbourg where dozens of cars were set on fire and clashes with the police took place, injuring many policemen and arresting 40 people, including minors.

Sweden

Comrades from Kommunistiska Föreningen (Communist League),reportsthat on occasion of the 127 year of the birth of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, paintings with the slogan “LONG LIVE MAOISM!” were seen in multiple neighborhoods of Stockholm, also some in Turkish and Spanish, as well as several places in central Gothenburg. Also in Gothenburg paintings were seen in support of the People’s War in Turkey and honoring the fallen comrades. Interestingly it is reported that revolutionary paintings also were seen in Växjö.

Norway

The Norwegian Military is increasing its military presence in Northern Norway and the incresing hegemony of yankee-imperialism, is also making Norwegian imperialism closen its ties with the USA, and allow it to have a ever-increasing military presence in Norway, especially Northern Norway, where there is a direct border with Russia.

France had planned a lot, especially new laws directed against the citizens and especially against those who do not want to submit to the state of emergency and the increasing repression. For example, there was a talk of making it illegal for outsiders to be in university buildings. This would have made fighting in the universities almost impossible. However, this law has now been overturned by the Constitutional Council.