After new and new delays, nearly a year of waiting, the appeals court of Douai, which took place on October 19, finally gave the verdict for a friend charged and tried on December 14, 2015 for charges associated with participating and organizing riots in November 2015 (link, link, link). An earlier court ruled not-guilty for 2 of the three charges. The appeals court gave a verdict of “guilty” on three charges, with a suspended sentence of one year of prison.
Outraged about once again the “justice” trying to fence in our lives, we are outraged about the racism of the charges and the repressions of people who choose to associate with those outside their race and papers status. Claiming that it requires a young white person to incite people of colour – who have made revolutions in their countries, fought wars, have fled their countries for persecution for political struggles—to express outrage over systematic continuing beatings and gassings by police, this is what the appeals court reaffirmed.
Unsurprisingly, the police make cases just like this one, to shirk any responsibility for their violence and to punish those who speak out against it. In Calais (but not only), the cops have for years been taking the legitimacy of violence with impunity, acting outside the law they serve. The same cops and government officials responsible get to cover it up too. Criminalization of solidarity, racial profiling, raids (link), deportations (link), etc… are continuous and don’t stop.
In some circles, people show support for those on trial by going to hearings, finding lawyers, spreading information, making banners, noise and more. It is important but tiring. Fight the oppression of prisons by helping people from not going in them, but instead by smashing them. Fire to the prisons! Fire to cops!