Article 433-5 of the Penal Code:
Constituent un outrage puni de 7500 euros d’amende les paroles, gestes ou menaces, les écrits ou images de toute nature non rendus publics ou l’envoi d’objets quelconques adressés à une personne chargée d’une mission de service public, dans l’exercice ou à l’occasion de l’exercice de sa mission, et de nature à porter atteinte à sa dignité ou au respect dû à la fonction dont elle est investie. … Lorsqu’il est adressé à une personne dépositaire de l’autorité publique, l’outrage est puni de six mois d’emprisonnement et de 7500 euros d’amende.
It is not a well known fact outside of activist circles, and it always amazes people who first hear about it, but it is true. In France, the law commands you to respect and show respect to those endowed with ‘public authority.’ That means, police officers and pretty much any living being who happens to work for the State.
That’s right. In France, if you insult a cop, or even make gestures that could potentially be construed as disrespectful, you can be arrested and taken to court, and made to pay a fine of several hundred euros, if not more. That is because cops, apparently, are owed respect due to their work. They enforce the law you see. You certainly cannot be saying that people enforcing the law should be despised, can you? They are even more entitled to respect than others.
That’s all authoritarian and fine, but you might ask, what of laws that are not respectable? The following is a comment made by a Tzigan, Alexandre Romanes, who just lost his work permit for dubious reasons (the pay is not enough, said the State), and it is so good to hear this on mainstream fucking TV:
A.R.: Laws that are not respectable should not be respected. I heard a government official say this morning that they’re merely enforcing the law, but that’s too easy. The Parliament writes and passes laws, and then you hide behind this and say you’re just applying the law? It’s too easy.
Some journalist: So, are you saying that you are still going to do your circus, and risk a police intervention?
A.R.: I’m repeating that laws that are not respectable should not be respected. And yes, we are going to go ahead and do it. You know, I’ve been jailed everywhere in Europe, but not yet in France. I miss that. (Note: approximate quotes)
In fact, I was at a trial involving the above offence this morning, originally the object of this post, and I find that Romanes’ point fits nicely in the discussion. Indeed, some laws are not respectable; in fact, some are deeply immoral, but how does it work then? Well, to hear it from this morning’s judge, just because you disagree with someone’s job, doesn’t mean you have to be disrespectful. See the trick? What was immoral and had to be stopped at all costs has turned into a personal issue that must be kept in check. Statists throw this shit at us all the time.
Before you have a job, you’re a human being. Before you obey your boss, you obey the (natural) law. So, for any CRS to say that he’s merely doing his job, is a bit like saying that the rain is wet. Um, okay…? So? I can see that you do what you’re told and you obviously have a job. But I was looking for a justification of your acts, and having a boss, even if that boss is the State, has nothing to do whatsoever with whether what you’re doing is ok. What if your boss tells you to kill me, should I just give up on my life? Clearly not.
Next up, disrespect. From the above, we know that some laws are not respectable and should not be respected. Also, it is commonly acknowledged that you will be judged primarily from your actions, and that everyone is free to express him or herself, and his or her feelings or opinions. Finally, freedom of movement is a natural right, and border controls/deportations (even individual ones) have zero legal basis. From all this, it follows that the police in France commit immoral acts, that they are enforcing laws that are not respectable, and that it is not only okay to call them up in any way we like, it would also be plainly weird for anyone to show respect for such criminals in uniform as we see in Calais. Only people who absolutely refuse to consider the possibility of moral/immoral actions by individuals, that is, things that should not be engaged in, ever, can ‘show respect’ to such criminals.
This is the State that we live in, a bureaucratic State without values, because values are too dangerous to consider holding. It might spur independent action outside of, and against, the State itself. And the State must reign supreme, or else it is not a State.