Three French bloggers have been arrested for allegedly 'inciting violence' by using their blogs to encourage people to join the riots, justice minister Pascal Clement told a media conference yesterday. The bloggers, all aged 16 and from Aix-en-Provence in the south, 'called for riots and an attack on police stations'. Their blogs were hosted by a site owned by a youth radio station, Skyrock, which has since shut them down.
C'est ne pas liberté, egalité, fraternité! Which, incidentally, is precisely what motivates people to riot irrespective of whether or not a few radical teenagers tell them to do so. But, in the interests of criminalising children and young adults as much as inhumanly possible, let's ignore that fact for a moment.
When all non-violent, democratic means of achieving a just end are unavailable, redundant or exhausted, rioting is justifiable.
When state agencies charged with protecting communities fail to do so or actually attack them, it may be necessary in self-defence.
The riots in France .... have still managed to yield a precarious kind of progress. They demand our qualified and critical support.
Radical French teenagers stirring it up a bit? Mais non! C'est Gary Younge dans le guardian.