On September 25, we mass expropriated products in the Naturalia organic food chain, located near Buttes Chaumont in Paris.
Theft allows us to step out of the assigned, everyday and passive role in front of these shelves filled with hundreds of products we can never afford. Theft allows us to get out of it in the eyes of others, but also in our own heads. What could be more exciting than going beyond this framework, which crushes us and see shocked bourgeois faces as we go out without paying with a bag full of food. Spilliness clings to our lives a bit, often in the urgency of finding ways. And what we do together amplifies it all. If we have decided to organize together for this looting, not to expropriate each other in secret, it is because we are not equal during the exprorations. Appearance, mental stress or other characteristics are crucial in the eye of the security guards. We consider it a highly political decision to create a balance of power that is not based on individual skills.
We chose Naturalia because stealing BIO products seems like a good retaliation. All of these products, which we call “good for health and the planet,” are only accessible to certain people. It is a violation of the convention to go and take what is not intended for us. We also want to have fun and eat products that are unusual, but without wanting to promote more accessible consumption, because that is not the world we want.
Meanwhile, organic shops contribute to the gentrification of neighborhoods and always help to exclude the poor. Not to mention the working conditions in these stores with a golden image, where employees are obliged, in addition to basic work, also to convince customers with a smile about the brand’s ethics! Add to that management techniques that lead to depression, resignation, the colonial aspect of the economy, and the production of products from seized sources imported from the other side of the world, or an unimaginable amount of food thrown away each day. A hot idea for strikers in organic stores. The price of organic food is the price paid for the purchase of a clear conscience. The moralizing argument of ethical consumption is always close when it comes to organic food.
We recommend organizing expropriation and handing over goods in favor of political events that are close to us, redistributing or keeping everything to yourself for whatever reason imaginable. And because every retail chain is a potential target, even though it would be possible to shop there cheaply, and because we share the motivation to negate private ownership, we support the attacks on Athens in July (1) and in September (2) by Tera incognita squat support. in Thessaloniki. We also support resisting the crackdown on Liebig 34 in Berlin, « des vitrines coûteuses. Rien que des miettes dans leur bilan, jusqu’à ce que ce genre d’action soit réalisée fréquemment »
We are also thinking of those people who went to prison for the expropriation of breads in the Czech Republic and we share the call of the Magpie project (3) for mass expropriation. Because expropriations are suppressed everywhere, whether they concern individuals, they are spontaneous during riots or organized in this way. “We will not pay for what has been stolen from us.” The class war is raging, and we know very well which side we are on.
Expropriate, expropriate, expropriate!