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User de la force à Madison ?

RAW Story publie, le 21 février 2011, une interview de Tracy Fuller, policier à Madison (State Patrol Inspector) et aussi syndicaliste, président de la Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA). En tant que syndicaliste de la police, Fuller est un adversaire de la loi Walker et se trouve donc de ce point de vue plutôt du côté des protestataires, bien qu’il fasse partie des forces de l’ordre de l’Etat. Dans l’interview, il se réfère à la menace du gouverneur Walker de faire intervenir la Garde Nationale contre les protestataires occupant le capitole de Madison et révèle que Walker a averti les forces de l’ordre (police mais aussi Garde Nationale) qu’elles devraient êtres prêtes éventuellement, selon ses ordres, à faire usage de la force sans hésitation contre les protestataires de Madison.

Les circonstances décrites sont assez confuses, d’autant que Fuller est un adversaire de Walker. Mais ces déclarations montrent sans aucun doute la tension qui existe à Madison et la détermination du gouverneur Walker, – dans tous les cas lorsque la circonstance rapportée eut lieu, – à résister aux pressions des protestataires. La situation à Madison est en train de devenir, pour l’instant et selon l’orientation en cours, celle d’une épreuve de force d’une très grande tension sous-jacente et d’une signification politique puissante.

«Amid the largest protests Madison, Wisconsin has seen in decades, newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker last week issued a stark message to public labor unions occupying the capitol building: we have options, and using the National Guard against protesters is among them.

»Since then, a myrad of rumors have circulated through crowds gathered at the state capitol, united in protest of a bill that would strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. One rumor, which had not yet come to pass, even suggested that like Egypt's former dictator did in Tahrir Square, Gov. Walker may call in police to forcibly clear out the capitol.

»And according to a Wisconsin police union president, whether the police agree or disagree with their governor's politics, they would "absolutely" carry out any order given to them ... even if that order included using force against their fellow Americans gathered in peaceful protest. […]

»“I have worked with the University of Wisconsin police officers that are there, along with the capitol police officers, and certainly I've worked with the state patrol officers because I'm a state patrol inspector. I'm not able to even fathom that any of those police officers would not carry out whatever orders were given to do their job.”

»“I guess that's the one ironic thing about this,” he continued. “Last night my wife asked me to make a sign for her to take down there to protest. On that day, I thought to myself I could be making a protest sign for my wife to take down there ... Then I could be down there confronting my wife with the protest sign that I made. God, you see ... That's ... That's my job.”

»He said that the conversation of resisting an order to attack the protesters “hasn't even come up” between he and fellow officers. However, Fuller insisted, “I can't even imagine that the governor or anybody else would think that's a viable option. The protesters are not being violent. It's their right to come and protest; it's public property. The politicians are being allowed to come and go... I don't know why there would be the need for clearing anything.” “It would not look like the United States, if we did that. No one said anything to me about anything like that.”

» He also admitted it was “possible,” given America's history, that some agent provocateurs could infiltrate the protesters to stir up trouble. But, Fuller cautioned, “any action like that would not be something I recognize as the United States of America. That would be something that dictatorships in foreign countries do.”»

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