Systematic Obstruction of…. Muslims!
In February 2018 the French government began a policy called the “Systematic Obstruction” policy.
The aim of the policy was to target so-called ‘radical Islam’.
According to the former French Home Secretary Christophe Castaner, pictured right, this is synonymous with:
the beard, hijab, prayer, religiosity during ramadhan and other normal expressions of Islam.
The small steps towards systemic Islamophobia: A timeline
- February 2018: Policy is implemented in only 15 classified locations.
- November 2019: Policy made public and extended to the entire country through the establishment of special departmental cells against ‘Islamism and communitarian withdrawal’ nationwide.
- October 2020: President Macron introduces Islamophobic Anti-Separatism Bill which builds on the Systematic Obstruction powers.
- July 2021: Anti-Separatism bill adopted by Parliament.
The Shocking Impact of the Systematic Obstruction policy
Including at least
(Figures correct as of October 2021)
On average this is a staggering:
24 investigations a day
15 closures a month
€10m seized a year!
How Muslim businesses and organisations are punished for being Muslim in France
101 special units of the French government aggressively check that legislation is being correctly implemented. This includes:
Health and Safety policies,
The tiniest infraction leads to severe sanction:
Seizure of funds
Fines and financial sanctions
Entrenching the obstruction policy against Muslims through the Anti-Separatism Bill
“I request you to intensify your obstruction actions by systematically connecting with the departmental cells.
This obstruction policy will be soon strengthened by the new dispositions of the [Anti-Separatism] bill to reinforce respect for Republican Principles.”
– French Prime Minister Jean Castex
By targeting its Muslim minority on a systematic basis and despite its vicious whitewashing propaganda, the French State leads what can only be described as an Islamophobic persecution.
The Anti-Separatism Bill will only strengthen it by granting additional powers to the State.
It is our duty to unveil the great injustice French Muslims currently face and speak out against a State whose actions are driven by its Islamophobic hatred.
Images used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Arthur Empereur and Florian David
Article last updated: October 2021
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