We are against prisons, borders and all forms of confinement because we believe that the only remedy for the evils of this society is freedom, the destruction of all oppression and exploitation, the destruction of the very foundations of this social order.
We want to make them pay for the latest insult to our freedom, the construction of the new prison in Caen, as far as we can: take on this repressive system, especially all the companies, public services and associations that make money from the construction or day to day administration of new prisons, detention centres, those who participate from far and near in administering and controlling our lives for the profit of the State and capital.
For all that, we have no illusions. There is little chance that we will succeed in pushing back the project of this new prison. And even if we were to, we would just have managed to put off one of the countless structures of this repressive system.
However, repression is not only exercised in infrastructures – jails, detention centres, cameras, psychiatric hospitals, etc. – or by those who administer them, but is part of social relations, a network of relationships that are also important to destroy. We are fully aware that getting ourselves bogged down in an asymmetric unequal combat with the State would be suicidal, and that only a generalised insurrectional movement animated with revolutionary perspectives could tear down this oppressive fabric. In short, we cannot defeat confinement and control without destroying the world that produces it.
That will not make us resign ourselves to putting up with this umpteenth construction however, because we find it intolerable. It is in this perspective that we want to take it on to make visible what the State and capital want to keep hidden. And participate as far as we can in making a clean sweep of what is destroying us.
Tabula Rasa is one of the means of bringing this fight to life.