Paris Mayor to Ban 1st Afro-Feminist Fest on Far-Right Claims | News | teleSUR English

Paris Mayor to Ban 1st Afro-Feminist Fest on Far-Right Claims | News | teleSUR English – On the insistence of far-right racist sectors — including the National Front party — on social media over the weekend, later echoed by so-called “anti-racist” organizations like Licra, socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo made her announcement on Twitter, adding that she reserved the right “to prosecute the organizers for discrimination,” because 80 percent of the festival will not be open to everyone.

Organized by the afro-feminist collective Mwasi, founded in 2014, the festival planned for July was organized in four venues — three of them exclusively for Black women, Black people and racialized women (defined as women experiencing the racist hegemony), while the fourth one would be open to everyone.

Only the public event is to take place in a venue owned by the city of Paris in the 11th district, thus the organizers said the mayor has no jurisdiction over the other events.

Defending their event in a statement, they said that no one seemed to have a problem with women-only groups when race was not an issue and commented that they were “saddened to see some anti-racist associations let themselves be manipulated.”

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