A - Yellow reflective vests
For several months, the prefecture, which is only a shadow of itself with the seat of the office of foreigners, communicates and plastered about the decline of delinquency. The new prefect probably wants to take advantage of it. The population hostile to foreigners who resemble them too much does not want to believe a single word. One can understand her doubts: she who associates immigration and delinquency, how could she admit the fall of the crime when the evictions are prevented by the Comorian authorities. The foreigners of the neighborhood flock every day and no one is expelled. A logical nonsense. The more foreigners there are, the more delinquency there is, so the authorities lie.
We also know that the state likes to associate delinquency with immigration: the equation allows to cultivate a xenophobia useful to its maneuvers. But "at the same time", he has an interest in admitting that he controls the population.
On the other hand, I had heard of neighborhood initiatives, a sort of "watchful neighbor". But it seems that the practice in Mayotte is a little different. Indeed it is difficult to be wary of a passer-by whose face, color, facies do not come back to us. Everybody looks the same. The young boys bring her back a little and intimidation. Sometimes, often, they act out. The "watchful neighbors" here are called "yellow vests". These are inhabitants dressed in the fluorescent vest with the reflective tape that circulates in the village, (this is what we call the urban space that would suffer in the metropolitan area nickname "neighborhood"), sometimes until late at night. They calmly agitated groups of young people, invite children or young teenagers to go home and accompany them back home.
Some newspapers had linked the decline of delinquency to these brigades of volunteers. This morning, listening to RFI, I hear the presenter wondering about these volunteers for village peace: "where are the yellow vests"? And to give the answer: the yellow vests volunteers are all foreigners, the foreigners here, everyone has assimilated right now, designate the inhabitants of the neighboring islands. It would be more accurate to talk about intruders, unwanted neighbors. Now that the headquarters of the prefecture of Mayotte prevents the renewal of residence permits and places the entire non-French population in an irregular situation, it has become risky to continue the pacifying rounds. Whatever may be said, the evictions have resumed for two months. At present, holders of expired residence titles are also returned. So the yellow vests with reflective materials went home. Mistrust! And Mayotte to fear the return of delinquency!
Ah! If the social world could be as simple as the governments would like!
B - A Facial crime in Mayotte.
The Mahorais, those who besiege the prefecture, those who demand the expulsion of foreigners, those who obtain from the authorities the approval of their xenophobic claims, are not distinguished well from those whose conduct they require at the frontiers. So the police, the gendarmerie, make raids, stop everything that moves, all that more or less resemble a Comorian. And since the inner whiteness of a black man can be read on faces far less easily than the whiteness of a white man, the poor policeman cannot tell the difference between a Mahorais who is no longer Comorian since 1975 and a Comorian who Since the same date, the referendum of self-determination has been more popular.
So what was to happen happened. A certain person, a CFDT trade union official on one side, and the other prominent member of a local group hostile to the presence of "foreigners" and who besiege the immigration service of the prefecture undergoes police control. He cries scandalously, refuses to submit, commits an outrage to the agent, is embarked, placed in custody. All this produces on the island a nice fuss. Scandal: the state attacks those who defend the interests of Mayotte! The custody is renewed. Some people express their dissatisfaction, invest the town hall of Mamoudzou when the guy is held at the nearby gendarmerie. It will be presented to the court in an immediate appearance Wednesday, October 3 at 14 hours. The prosecutor feels obliged to specify that the alleged facts "have no connection with the activities or the commitments of the person concerned that the gendarmes who carried out the control were totally ignorant". Devil! Besieging a prefecture! Which prosecutor would sue for such a trifle?
This man, unfortunately, had forgotten the color of his skin. He felt lulled into the illusion of France. Only white in Mayotte is not suspected of illegal stay. Although it may be undesirable.
But quietly, day after day, the foreign service of the prefecture remains closed. The women who besiege her are pampered by the state, which apparently does not demand so much. I learned that a member of Parliament had spent last night with them as a sign of support.
Did he prevent them from sleeping?