from Guy Debord

To the sections of the SI
3 October 1969

On 3 October [1969], the French section unanimously excluded Alain Chevalier for lack of rigor and unacceptable casualness concerning an elementary practical question concerning us all. His unawareness [inconscience] persisted in the debate devoted to this question, discovered immediately after the conference [of the Situationist International].[1] He finally recognized this lack of awareness, but abstractly and certainly too late.

Alain at first organized, then covered up and finally tried to justify his companion's bad behavior towards one of our friends who, as you know, had to go to Belgrade. This already scandalous episode also served as the pretext for a dissimulated touristic usage of a derisory sum claimed by the SI.

It goes without saying that we have not wanted to sanction the financial aspect of this affair, but only to signify that we have lost all confidence in Alain. Given the nature of the other aspect mentioned here, we will not put in writing the details that you can without doubt imagine and will be informed of by word of mouth.

For the French section,
[Francois de] Beaulieu, [Patrick] Cheval, [Guy] Debord, [Rene] Riesel,
[Christian] Sebastiani, [Raoul] Vaneigem, [Rene] Vienet

[1] Upon returning from Venice.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 4, 1969-1972. Footnote by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2005.)

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