18/04/2022 by socialistfight
Viriato commented on Discussion Article: Mélenchon and the division of “the left”
In fact, the second round is marked by where Mélenchon’s votes will go. Some facts has come to the fore that are important.
The first one is the half awakening of the working-class and the youth. Half because the abstentionists are still mainly working class voters. 24% of those registered to vote.
But there has been also a massive mobilization of the immigrant working-class, mostly Muslims who have been abstentionist for years, but complete families have now voted Mélenchon because he has defended them in the context of French secularism against the open racists Zemmour and Le Pen.
The main political phenomena are the “mounting” of the Mélenchon vote and the acute consciousness that with the votes of the two sectarian extreme-left groups (NPA and LO) and with the PCF vote the second round will have been a direct confrontation between the Left and the Right, everyone taking position in a real open fight between the classes.
This sentiment, this frustration has traversed the youth and all those who do not want either Le Pen or Macron and who are looking for a way out.
I have the feeling, after having been an activist during the whole campaign and having been in contact with people at the popular markets and demonstrations, that the voters for Mélenchon are more to the left than the candidate himself.
One day after the election, when one might have expected at least a momentary demoralisation, more than 500 students occupied the Sorbonne to demonstrate against this “non-choice election” and on the Saturday afterwards demonstrations against the far right (read Marine Le Pen) took place all over France. They had the disadvantage of being confused with support for Macron, but the slogans, especially from the youth, were quite combative and explicitly against Macron too.
We won’t let them do it to us. The future looks full of fighting in the streets.
Both Le Pen and Macron are trying to get closer to the Mélenchon’s electorate, by “socialising” their discourse or by becoming “ecologists” of the last hour, but this doesn’t fool anyone.
Nevertheless, a part of Mélenchon’s electorate, consulted by Internet, will vote for Macron to ‘avoid fascism’. More than two thirds of those consulted (220,000) will vote ‘blank’ or ‘Null’ or abstain. These facts, remember me the last defeat of Allende in Chile. The movement to the left could not be interrupted by the triumph of the right, on the contrary a dynamic has stablished that could only be backed by outright white terror. Things goes fast in this kind of periods, furthermore when it is also a part of a broader class movement in many places in the world. It won’t be easy either for Macron or Le Pen to pass on the agenda of the bosses and of NATO.
There will be resistance and not a mild one. Hopefully again the magnificent French working class and his youth would show the way. Neither the plague (Macron) nor the cholera (Le Pen)! is the mot d’ordre (watchword) of the masses.