The following is a report “from the field” (i.e., the MSNM wars), by Michelle Schatzman about the coverage of a riot in the troubled streets of Paris itself (Zones Urbaines Sensibles – ZUS) of Paris. It illustrates the dynamics of a society in the process of decomposition, and probably sheds more light on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire than many ancient texts. What we see at work is the presence of gang culture of territorial expansion and confrontation – the Arabs and their sub-Saharan black allies – operating in an area supposedly (and previously) governed by the rule of law. In the case of the Roman Empire, it was imperial law, in 20th century France, it was democratic (isonomic) law.
This phenomenon of Muslim aggression on a civic level, which reached a momentary paroxysm in the riots of 2005, is perhaps the single most pervasive evidence that Muslims populations in Europe are grabbing power both by street violence and by taking over streets for prayer and (in practice) policing them as part of “their (Islamic) turf.” The same police-gang entente against citizens marked for dhimmitude seems to operate in England as well.
The story at Belleville seems to indicate that a) the cops are, as policy, protecting the Muslims from the law, and b) the news media does not know how to talk about this: it will name the “Chinese” (even when they’re lumping together the folks from far-east Asia), but not the Muslims or the sub-Saharan African street gangs. In the end they end up doing the same thing the police do – cover for the aggressors.
A demonstration by 8500 people, mostly from far-eastern origin, took place yesterday afternoon in Belleville, an area in the north-east of Paris.
This demonstration was organized by franco-chinese associations, and motivated by insécurité, i.e. a high level of crime, directed mainly against Chinese-looking people in the Belleville area, where this population is now residing in significant numbers. There have been several waves of immigration to France from the Far-East. The Belleville immigrants have been coming from China in the last ten years. The main other two waves are the wave which arrived in the seventies from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, at the time of the boat people, and the wave of the nineties.
The demonstration started quietly and ended in riots between some demonstrators, some non-demonstrators and the police. Eventually, the quiet was restored around 10 pm. So, we got reports in the three most important national newspapers : Libération, Le Figaro and Le Monde. In fact, Le Monde was content with a commented diaporama.
The three articles were based on AFP (Agence France-Presse) reporting and its pictures.
These sources are remarkably non informative. The Libération’s original posting has been changed, with no mention of the time of the change. For instance, the Libération original title was “Riots between communities in Belleville.” But, it has been changed to “Riots in Belleville.” What was remarkable in the Libération article, was that they mentioned one (ethnic) community, the Chinese (who often acquired french citizenship), but they never mentioned any other community.
A later article in Libération gives more information. So, let us look at how the Le Figaro article presented the reasons for the initial demonstration:
“Nous nous sommes décidés à descendre dans la rue après une agression lors d’un banquet de mariage à Belleville au début du mois”, a dit Huong Tan, un porte-parole du collectif, inquiet que la situation ne dégénère “si les autorités ne réagissent pas”. Car pour la première fois, explique-t-il, “quelqu’un de la communauté a répondu à la violence par la violence. Nous ne voulons pas que ça se reproduise”. “Les agresseurs sont souvent des groupes de jeunes qui habitent ici”, affirme-t-il.
“We resolved to demonstrate in the street after an aggression in a wedding feast at the beginning of the month,” said Huong Tan, one of the speakers for the group of organizing associations, who fears things may get worse “if the public authorities do not move”. It was the first time, he explains, that “someone from the community answered violence with violence. We do not want this to happen another time.” “The aggressors are often groups of young people who live here”, he claims.
It would be good to know if Tan actually named the “groupes de jeunes” and the reporter left it out.
Given the obvious layers of unspoken detail (including, obviously, the identity of the “groupes de jeunes”), I read the (many) talk-backs and here is the story, as I got it from them, the online article and a bit of foraging on the web.
The people from China who live in the Belleville area have suffered many aggressions, mainly by thieves, even in broad daylight and in busy streets. As their tradition is to carry cash with them, and pure gold or jade jewels, they become an easy prey. Many of them speak little or no French, and some of them are not legal residents, so that they do not complain to the police.
There was a wedding banquet on June 1st, where the custom is to bring money as wedding gifts. One of these “youth groups” stood at the door and would not let guests in unless they gave up all their money. But one guest, Mr Zhong, a former soldier in the French foreign legion, had a weapon. He fired twice in the air, and twice at one of the perpetrators, who was wounded in the leg and in the buttocks. Zhong was arrested by the French police. The source is The People’s Daily.
The Chinese represent a population that can swing either way: when it’s civic rules they can play; when it’s gang rules, they also can play. The People’s Daily (unlike the Israeli government), has no hesitation getting “our” side out.
There is also a Chinese forum in French, where the aggressors are clearly characterized as “Arabs and Blacks”. Mr Zhong is still in jail, but it seems that the thieves are out, and that many people have been threatened since June 1st, or severely beaten. Observe also that “Chine Nouvelle” is the Chinese government agency.
The police action discourages resistance to Arab aggression and encourages that same aggression. The lesson of the early release of the “Arabs and Blacks” is an invitation to retaliation, which clearly happened.
My guess is that the police have been “bought off” by a promise on the part of the “youths” not to riot, thus turning that threat (and beyond it, the threat of suicide bombings), into a carte blanche as long as their actions stay under the radar. The Chinese, in objecting, were bringing it on the radar, and by the logic of the police-youth entente, that’s a provocation.
So, now, the demonstration. It seems that a group of four people (Arabs or Blacks) entered the demonstration, which was initially quiet, and stole the handbag of a Chinese woman.
This is standard operating procedure for these groups when dealing with “demonstrations.” Stand along the sides and look for a weak spot, then attack.
Then, about fifty demonstrators ran after the group of robbers, caught one of them and delivered him to the police, who did not arrest him, and started to hit the fifty demonstrators.
This is scary. This deserves an inquiry from a government intent on maintaining order.
Then the riots began, and three demonstrators were arrested. There were three parties in the riots : the Chinese, the Arabs and Blacks, and the police. At some point, the police left the ground to the first two groups : a few dozens of Chinese and fewer Arabs and Blacks. Eventually, the police came back with enough force and the quiet was restored.
I believe that this demonstration lacked an inside protection. My leftist and union maid days taught me that you don’t demonstrate without some kind of security body, which has two tasks : protect the demonstrators from enemies who could try to act aggressively against the demonstrators, and rein in the energies of people who could become violent, in contradiction to the official aims of the demonstration.
It is plain that the Chinese are no angels: they are known for being quite discrete, well behaving, and raising children who do well in school. However, the influence of the chinese government and the chinese mafias is significant, and the industry of illegal border crossing pays itself by imposing a number of years of slavery to the fortunate arrivals.
What is impressive is that :
the three newspapers use the same AFP source
they never say clearly what seems to have been the cause of the demonstration or the reason why it became violent
they call “Chinese” people who could have come as well from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia or China itself; this is an ethnic description. But they shy away from the ethnic description of the aggressors and originators of insecurity denounced by the demonstration
they say nothing bad about the police, which seem to have acted against republican rules. French law says that any citizen can arrest the author of an illegal act, if he sees the act being committed, and it is his or her duty to do so, in case of possible bodily harm.
Whenever honor-shame rules assert themselves in civil society, the forces are badly matched unless the police is firm. In cases where the aggressors operate with impunity (essentially the situation in France), the pressure on civic communities will be either to get tribal (i.e., self-help justice), or to back off (which is what most français de souche are doing).
In this sense, it’s similar to the fall of the Roman Empire: tribal honor-shame, gang behavior coarsens the cultural scene and eventually brings down the rule of law as the areas where imperial writ runs retreat.
The parallel goes further. In the “experiment that got a little out of hand,” the Romans “invited” in the Germanic tribes and allowed them a legal advantage (a Frank or a Visigoths wergeld [manprice] was double that of a Roman. Similarly, the unofficial acceptance of Sharia puts the Muslim community at a tactical advantage in the daily conflicts.