Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants to ask the question of the end of confinement “now”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, December 2, 2019 at the National Assembly. – Isa Harsin / SIPA

Judging that placing the French in a form of “voluntary prison” is “not a lasting solution”, LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon estimated, this Monday, that the question of
deconfinement should ask “right now”.

“We just postponed the confinement for 15 days, but no one has evaluated what would allow us to lift it. The question of deconfinement should be raised now, “said Jean-Luc Mélenchon in an interview with The Obs, while the confinement must continue at least until April 15.

“This is the voluntary prison”

“The neoliberal rulers were unable to foresee the entry of the crisis” and “did not begin to think either how to really overcome it (apart from confinement, the equivalent of the medieval quarantine), nor obviously the exit ”, he added. “Forced confinement is necessary, but that should not make us forget that it is voluntary prison,” insisted Jean-Luc Mélenchon, noting that “65 million people have put themselves in prison and are monitoring themselves” .

The leader of the rebels also reiterated his criticisms on the warrior vocabulary used by the executive, in particular Emmanuel Macron, facing the epidemic of
coronavirus, deeming it “absurd”. “It is intended to suggest a heroic role for the head of state. It also has the function of forcing “silence in the ranks”, “denounced Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

“The next world has to start now”

“This desire to prevent any discussion will continue and even harden, because the rulers are afraid that their criminal responsibility will be called into question. I fear the evolution of this regime which has already shown such heavy authoritarian tendencies, “he added.

And to underline that “the crisis we are experiencing is just beginning”: “we discover with horror that Europe is almost as powerless against the coronavirus as it was in the 14th century against the black plague”. For the LFI official, “the next world must start now.” But in his eyes, “we must not dream”, such a world “in Macron sauce will be a new neoliberal shock”.



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