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A comrade was arrested and charged for attempting to conceal his identity and participating in an unauthorized demonstration; the trial will be on 7 November, in Boulogne sur Mer.

Un camarade a été arrêté et inculpé pour essayer à dissimuler son identité et la participation à une manifestation interdite; le procès sera le 7 Novembre, à Boulogne sur Mer.

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Published on October 3, 2016 on Squat!net with some photos (in French only).

Publié le 3 octobre 2016 sur Squat!net avec quelques photos:
https://fr.squat.net/2016/10/03/calais-recit-et-reflexions-a-propos-de-la-manif-interdite-du-1er-octobre/

> Calais: récit et réflexions à propos de la manif interdite du 1er

Ce samedi 1er octobre, une manifestation de solidarité avec lesmigrant-e-s était prévue à Calais (link, link) au départ de la «Jungle», nom donné au plus grand bidonville de France, où vivent plusieurs milliers de migrants (pratiquement que des hommes). La manifestation devait traverser Calais pour finir au centre-ville.

Deux jours avant, la manif était «interdite» par la préfète du Pas-de-Calais, Fabienne Buccio, qui annonçait «l’interdiction de toute manifestation revendicative en lien avec la question des migrants à Calais, Sangatte, Coquelles, Fréthun et Marck-en-Calaisis, pour l’ensemble de la journée du 1er octobre 2016».

Il n’y avait pourtant aucun souci pour manifester un mois plus tôt contre la présence de migrants à Calais… (link)  Mais, là, pas moyen d’exprimer sa solidarité avec les migrants, surtout pas en plein centre-ville.

Cette journée a donc pris place dans une ambiance d’occupation policière devenue banale: dans les rues de Calais, surtout du côté de la Jungle, des centaines de flics (des CRS en première ligne, et des gardes mobiles au cas où) étaient là pour montrer à chacun-e le visage de la république française. Le tout, dans un décor «parfai » pour illustrer ce qu’on appelle la «forteresse Europe»: un bidonville gigantesque à côté d’une route «protégée» de plusieurs couches de grilles et de barbelés, desmilliers de migrants qui survivent dans des conditions difficiles à imaginer. Cette ghettoïsation a été imposée par l’État, qui, après avoir expulsé tous les lieux de vie et de survie ouverts à Calais, a forcé tout le monde à s’installer dans ce no man’s land à l’écart de la ville.

Après la confirmation par le Tribunal administratif de Lille de l’interdiction de la manifestation, les organisateurs (la CISPM, Coalition Internationale des Sans-Papiers et Migrants) ont toutefois décidé de maintenir la manifestation.

Celle-ci s’est mise en place tranquillement sous le pont de sortie de la Jungle, mais elle a immédiatement été bloquée par plusieurs cordons de CRS. Quelques centaines de personnes étaient réunies, de nombreux migrants, ainsi que des militant-e-s venu-e-s d’un peu partout. Dans un premier temps, l’ambiance était plutôt festive, avec batucada et slogans entonnés (principalement de simples «UK, UK», comme «Royaume-Uni», chantés par ceux qui souhaitent traverser la Manche…). Puis, la pluie s’est mise à tomber, et les flics en ont profité pour nous faire chier. Commençant à bousculer les premiers rangs et à balancer des lacrymos pour faire reculer tout le monde, les CRS ont mis tout le monde sous la pluie, avant de noyer l’entrée de la Jungle par des salves de grenades lacrymogènes.

Aux lacrymos ont répondu de premières pierres, puis le canon à eau est entré dans le jeu, et ça s’est enchaîné, les affrontements durant ainsi quelques heures, pratiquement sans discontinuer, s’étandant sur divers points de fixation le long de la route (partout «protégée» par des grillages et des barbelés).

Pendant ce temps-là, quatre bus (près de 200 personnes) ont été bloqués environ deux heures par la police au péage de Setques, à 40 kilomètres au sud de Calais, forcés à faire demi-tour.

D’après le syndicat SGP Unité Police FO, cité dans une dépêche Reuters (link), 700 grenades lacrymogènes ont été tirées durant ces heurts, qui ont duré plus de trois heures et mobilisé plus de 200 membres des forces de l’ordre (sans compter tous ceux qui circulaient autour de la zone…). Selon la même dépêche Reuters, «un face-à-face aussi violent n’était pas survenu depuis le début du démantèlement, le 29 février (link), de la partie Sud du plus grand bidonville de France». Mais ce que ne dit pas l’agence de presse, c’est qu’aussi bien avant qu’après l’expulsion du 29 février dernier, les flics mettent la pression régulièrement sur la Jungle, balançant des lacrymos au beau milieu des habitations et rendant invivable le quotidien des migrants, parfois en pleine nuit. De quoi accroître une rage et un dégoût de ce monde de frontières… et de flics.

Alors le Ministre de l’Intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve peut bien «condamner avec la plus grande fermeté les violences commises par des activistes», de fait l’ambiance émeutière a été créée d’abord par ses flics. Enfin, la rage, les pierres lancées, les palets de lacrymo écrasés ou renvoyés, l’entraide, le partage du matos de soin et de protection contre les lacrymogènes, l’attention envers les personnes blessées ou perdues dans les nuages de lacrymo, si tout cela a été vécu activement par «des activistes», ça l’a été aussi, et principalement, par des migrants. C’est leur lutte avant tout, c’est leur quotidien. Nous étions là ensemble depuis des expériences de vie totalement différentes mais pour des objectifs communs: ouvrir/détruire les frontières.

Et si l’usage de la violence contre la police ne fait pas consensus parmi les migrants (comme parmi les militant-e-s européen-ne-s), l’hétérogénéité émeutière de cette journée était belle au sens où elle montrait qu’on était un certain nombre à refuser de baisser les bras et de se laisser écraser par la force policière. La solidarité entre migrants et «activistes» européen-ne-s se tenait dans une colère collective contre la police, contre l’interdiction de la manif, contre la situation de merde imposée quotidiennement aux migrants, contre ce projet de mur anti-migrants pour «protéger» le port de Calais  Et pour un monde ouvert, à l’opposé de celui qui ces derniers temps ne cesse de se refermer sur lui-même, de fermer toujours plus ses frontières, de rejeter toujours plus «l’autre».

Alors tant mieux si quelques véhicules de flics ont été esquintés (sept selon un représentant du syndicat SGP Police-FO), d’autant qu’il fallait être sacrément habile pour y arriver: balancer des caillasses sur les CRS et leurs camions alors qu’on était en contrebas à essayer de les atteindre, tout protégés qu’ils étaient par des grilles et des barbelés hauts de plus de 3 mètres, c’était pas une mince affaire! Chaque pierre touchant sa cible était accueillie par des hourras, au milieu des lacrymos.

Lors des affrontements, il y a eu plusieurs blessés côté manifestants (quelqu’un aurait eu un bras cassé…), vu les tirs tendus de grenades et de flashballs c’est peu étonnant. Quelques flics auraient été blessés aussi ; mais on le sait, il ne leur suffit pas de grand-chose pour se déclarer blessés. Chercher un arrêt de travail quand on est flic, ça se comprend. Un taf pareil, ça doit donner envie de démissionner tous les jours.

À l’heure où les expressions de racisme décomplexé se multiplient (link), il est nécessaire d’exprimer notre attachement à l’internationalisme (et/ou au refus de tous les nationalismes). La liberté, l’égalité et la fraternité ne peuvent exister sans la destruction des frontières (et des États, et du capitalisme, qui exploitent et détruisent nos vies partout sur la planète).

Si la solidarité avec les migrant-e-s doit continuer de s’exprimer au grand jour par des manifs, des rassemblements et toutes sortes d’occupation antiraciste de la rue, elle peut aussi s’exprimer par des tas d’autres moyens, notamment bien sûr par l’action directe.

Comme on peut le lire dans cet appel à agir contre les entreprises (link) collabos du «système répressif et de la machine à expulser» :

Du vandalisme au sabotage rien n’est trop beau pour dissuader les entreprises de collaborer.

Notre champ d’action est bien plus vaste que la zone des jungles. Les pourvoyeurs de l’arsenal policier sont répartis sur tout le territoire. D’où la nécessité, selon nous, d’une riposte décentralisée contre ces fournisseurs du contrôle gouvernemental. Des bornes biométriques aux lunettes thermiques, il y en a forcément près de chez vous. Après l’annonce de l’expulsion et le déplacement forcé des exilé-e-s aux quatre coins de la France, les possibilités d’actions sont multipliées. L’enjeu est de taille et délocalisé.

Maintenant, à nous.

NO BORDER NO NATION

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ENGLISH

This Saturday, October 1st, a solidarity demonstration was scheduled in Calais departing from the “Jungle”, the name given to the largest slum of France, where thousands of migrants are living. The event had to cross through Calais to reach its ending point downtown.

Two days before, the protest had been “prohibited” by the prefect of the Pas-de-Calais, Fabienne Buccio, who announced “a ban on any protest demonstrations in connection with the issue of migrants in Calais, Sangatte, Coquelles, Fréthun and Marck-Calaisis, during the entire day of October 1, 2016.”

There was, however, no problem from the prefect when, a month earlier, a protest took place against the presence of migrants in Calais… But here there’s no way to express solidarity with migrants, especially downtown.

This day took place in an atmosphere of the police occupation which has become commonplace here: in the streets of Calais, especially towards the Jungle, hundreds of cops (CRS and gardes mobiles) were there to show everyone the true face of the French Republic. All of this took place in a ‘perfect’ illustration of ‘Fortress Europe’: a giant slum next to a road ‘protected’ by several layers of fences and barbed wire, where thousands of migrants are surviving in difficult to imagine conditions. This ghettoization was imposed by the state after they evicted all the places of life and survival in Calais and forced everyone to settle in this desolate place far away from the city.

After the Administrative Tribunal of Lille confirmed the ban on the demonstration, the organizers (CISPM, International Coalition of Sans-papiers and Migrants) decided to hold the event anyway.

It took place quietly under the bridge at the exit to the Jungle, but it was immediately blocked by several cordons of riot police. A crowd of a few hundred migrants and supporters gathered, coming from many different places. Initially, the atmosphere was pretty festive, with batucada and slogans being chanted (mainly ‘UK, UK’ being shouted by those wishing to cross the channel…). Then the rain started to fall, and the cops took the opportunity to fuck with us. Starting to shake up the first rows of people and throwing tear gas to push everyone back, the CRS pushed everyone out under the rain, before drowning the entrance to the Jungle with salvos of tear gas grenades.

The first stones were thrown in response to the teargas, then the water cannon entered the game, and it was chained, during clashes lasting a few hours, so practically without interruption, spilling out from various fixing points along the road (all ‘protected’ by fences and barbed wire).

Meanwhile, four buses (about 200 people) were blocked for two hours by police at the toll booth at Setques, 40 kilometres south of Calais, and were forced to make a u-turn.

According to the union SGP Unité Police FO, quoted in a dispatch from Reuters, 700 tear gas grenades were fired during the clashes, which lasted for more than three hours and mobilized more than 200 members of the security forces (not counting those who were circulating around the area…). According to the same dispatch from Reuters, “such a violent head-to-head had not occurred since the beginning of the dismantling of the southern part of the largest slum in France on February 29.” But what the news agency does not say it is that both before and after the expulsion on February 29 the cops had regularly put pressure on the Jungle, shooting tear gas in the middle of the houses, sometimes in the middle of the night, and making migrants’ daily lives unliveable. It’s enough to incite rage and disgust at this world of borders… and cops.

Then the Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve announced his “condemnation with the greatest firmness of the violence committed by activists”, while in fact the ambiance of riotousness was created first by his cops. Finally, it must be pointed out that the “activists” Cazeneuve is speaking of, who experienced rage, threw rocks, did acts of mutual aid, shared stuff for care and protection against teargas, gave attention to the people who were injured or lost in the clouds of tear gas, were mostly migrants. It is their struggle above all, it’s their everyday lives. We were there together but coming from totally different life experiences for common goals: open/destroy the borders.

And if the use of violence against the police does not have consensus among migrants (as it doesn’t among European activists either), the riotous heterogeneity of this day was beautiful because it showed that we refused to give up and be crushed by the police forces. Migrants and European “activists” stood in collective anger against the police, against the ban on the protest, against the shitty situation imposed on a daily basis on migrants, against this anti-migrant wall project to ‘protect’ the port of Calais and for an open-world, against a world in which ever more borders are closed and ever more “others” are shut out.

So much the better if some police vehicles were damaged (seven according to a SGP Police-FO Union representative), especially as one had to be pretty clever to do this: throwing stones on the difficult to reach CRS and their trucks, all protected as they were by fences and more than 3 meters high barbed wire, was not an easy task! Each stone that met its target was greeted with cheers, amidst tear gas.

In the clashes, there were several wounded on the side of protesters (someone broke their arm…), after observing the rounds of flashballs and grenades it is little wonder. Some cops were injured too; but you know, it does not take much before they declare themselves injured. You’re looking for a way to get off work when you’re a cop, it’s understandable. A job like that, it must inspire one to resign every day.

At a time where uninhibited expressions of racism are multiplying, it is necessary to express our commitment to anti-national solidarity across borders. The French ideals of freedom, equality and “brotherhood” are meaningless in the absence of the destruction of borders (and the state, and of capitalism, which exploits and destroys our lives everywhere on the planet, and patriarchy, which thinks ‘brotherhood’ is synonymous with solidarity).

Even while solidarity with migrants must continue to be expressed publicly through demonstrations, rallies and all kinds of anti-racist occupations of the street, it can also be expressed in a lot of other ways, including of course through direct action.

As can be read in this call to act against companies collaborating with the “repressive system” and the deportation machine:

“From vandalism to sabotage, nothing is too good for discouraging companies to collaborate.

Our field of action is much larger than the area of the jungles. The purveyors of the police arsenal are spread throughout the territory. Hence, in our view, there is a necessity for a decentralized response against these suppliers of government control. From biometric devices to infrared glasses, there are companies near you producing these things. After the announcement of the eviction and the forced displacement of migrants across France, the possibilities for action have proliferated. The stakes are high and the field of action is delocalized.

Now, it’s our turn.

NO BORDER NO NATION

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24th October – Migrant Solidarity Protest at London St. Pancras and Paris

This is taken direct from the blog Indyrikki and is about what happened in London at the weekend…

In 2005, the Anarchist Bookfair, held that year in Holloway Road, ended in a practical session of massive policing. The local Coronet pub, on police advice, suddenly refused to serve alcohol, and as hundreds of anarchists spilled out onto the dual carriageway, they were met with riot police geared up for local football matches. The ensuing clashes led to several arrests and injuries, although most if not all were acquitted of serious offences months down the line.

A full decade on, the bookfair today was held at the Granary Building occupied by the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. While on the one hand it’s an excellent space for the bookfair, with a large and airy open area for stalls, and lots of classrooms and lecture theatres for group events, on the other it is surrounded by lots of pseudo-public space, corporatised, controlled, and covered by private regulations rather than public rights – another example of the accelerating privatisation of public space in cities across the world.

Still, this year’s event was well attended, with packed lectures and workshops and a buzzing hall of stalls.

In solidarity with actions today in both Paris and Budapest, Calais Migrant Solidarity called a “No Borders” action to take place at the Eurostar terminal in nearby St Pancras station.

So, ten years on from the Holloway Road kerfuffle, clashes seemed likely again, as huge numbers of police waited at St Pancras and a group of a couple of hundred activists, intent on reaching the Eurostar, set off along private roads shortly after 6pm.

At one of the entrances to the station, they were met by a line of police, and with sheer weight of numbers, first one, and then dozens more, squeezed their way into the station before police reinforcements regained control, after deploying metal batons.

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Suddenly, the group inside the station turned back to help their comrades, and at that point things got quite messy. Activists were grabbed and pushed back through the lines on to the pavement, with some injuries and a few arrests. Police began to kit themselves in full riot gear, and they also grabbed a large red banner and threw it aside.

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All the while, train travellers and other members of the public watched through locked entrances.

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Deeper inside the station, police were picking out people hanging around near the Eurostar entrance, and an entirely peaceful woman was forcibly removed, dragged much of the way on her knees, before police finally picked her up and carried her. Police claimed she was being removed to prevent a breach of the peace.

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Despite the massive police operation, a group of around 30 women suddenly appeared in the concourse, chanting “No human is illegal” and “No borders”, and carrying large banners.

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They set up right in front of the access point to the Eurostar departure lounge, and handed out leaflets while continuing their protest. Police Liaison Officers moved among them, and more than a dozen police soon arrived in full riot gear, but thankfully they thought better than to interfere, and the protest continued for a few more minutes before the group (who had other appointments) packed up and left.

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This dignified and peaceful action was organised by ‘Global Women’s Strike’ (globalwomenstrike.net), and ‘All African Women’s Group’.

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Outside the station, the large crowd had been pushed away from the area back towards the Granary Building, and policing continued on a huge scale.

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A small peaceful group of around a dozen protesters entered King’s Cross Station concourse, with a banner that said “people want to bring down the borders”.

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They were confronted by several dozen police, many in riot gear, and then kettled for about an hour.

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Police used Railway Bye-Laws – Sect 6 (8) – (no person shall molest or wilfully interfere with the comfort or convenience of any person on the railway), & Sect 23 – (anyone suspected of breach must give name and address), – to process, photograph and identify each protester before escorting them from the station with a 24 hour ban. A few were arrested during this time too.

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Interestingly, there was an attempt before this process, for a station representative to make an announcement on a megaphone, but it wouldn’t work and no announcement was made – my feeling was that the announcement was meant to be part of a legal process and so it might be pertinent that it was never made.

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One of the causes being championed by migrant solidarity groups is for the release of Abdul Rahman Haroun, a Sudanese man, who after walking through the Eurotunnel is being prosecuted under an obscure 1861 ‘Malicious Damages Act’ and has spent months in jail. Earlier this month, the same legislation was used to arrest two Iranian men in Folkestone after they had completed the 31-mile walk. Calais Migrant Solidarity are calling for the release from prison of the ‘Channel Tunnel 3’.

During the action in King’s Cross, the Harry Potter Hogwart’s platform was closed by police – surely a wilful interference with the convenience of excited Potter fans?

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Paris – police evict migrant shelter the night before demonstration

In Paris, there were premptive raids by the security services at a school offering shelter to refugees and migrants. Some activists and French associations helped the police facilitate their midnight raid. Telling people that they would recieve better accommodation if they cooperated with the police.

On the demonstration itself, on the 24th  there were 700/800 people. The police attacked because they were worried people would use the demonstration to occupy a new camp. Subsequently there were two arrests and two people were hospitalized.

Call out against fascist demo

On the 25th of January the fascist group Sauvons Calais are planning a march against migration at Place d’Armes at 2 am.

Now is the time for movement – we call for migration and any action attacking the fascism we see rise around us. In Calais we see more fascist gatherings, more threats, whilst the occupation of life by the state is ongoing. More and more the cops impose their control on the streets, jungles, houses, places were we live and sleep, our movements, the harbour and the highways, the parkings and the gas stations. Still the deaths caused by the border regime continue. The law of Europe. The fascist voices getting more seats in the shiny parliamentary rooms.

We call for anti-fascist mobilisation. The wind showed us the way in December, blowing down the new security fence at the port, installed by the UK government in a €15 million deal with the French authorities to seal the border. All things can be torn down. We dream of a time when not only so called organised fascists will not gather in the streets, but also cops and politicians responsible for the border regime don’t have the opportunity to rule over our lives and movements.

No nation, no state, no cops, no borders. No asylum system that can deny you a place to live. No Eurodac.

We call on you, to join us in anti-fascist reactions against the daily threat here in Calais as well as the specific threat from Sauvons Calais on the 25th and the days around. The threat of fascist violence is often bigger just before and after these gatherings rather than on the march itself. And at this moment in particular we have seen a surge in racist anti-Muslim attacks here in France.

A call out for the counter demo itself will be sent out separately.

We will be here. Bring your friends and tents and come. There are possibilities to stay in squats and jungles. It might be cold and rainy so good clothes and warm sleeping bag can make life a bit easier.

NO BORDER – Calais

http://www.calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com

 

 

Manifestation anti-rafle 12 juillet.

Plus jamais ça ?!

Nous pensions avoir été témoins du pire avec la destruction de la jungle afghane en 2009 qui a conduit à la rafle de 278 de ses habitants et leur mise en rétention un peu partout en France, cependant, ce mercredi 2 juillet 2014, une nouvelle étape a été franchie. A 6 heures du matin, plusieurs compagnies de gendarmes mobiles, de CRS, la police nationale et la police aux frontières, se sont livrées à des rafles massives, simultanées et coordonnées de la population migrante de Calais.

Sous couvert d’une opération d’expulsion des lieux de vie dont la date a été maintenue secrète, 600 migrant-e-s ont été gazé-e-s, insult-é-e-s, humilié-e-s, terrorisé-e-s, arrêté-e-s, dans le silence et l’ombre puisque tous les témoins ont été violemment écartés des lieux d’arrestation. Ils-Elles ont été escorté-e-s dans des bus qui les ont éloignés de Calais sans avoir la moindre idée de leur destination finale. 200 d’entre eux et elles sont toujours en rétention et ceux et celles qui ont eu la chance d’être libéré-e-s ne s’en sont pas sorti-e-s indemnes.

Cette démonstration de force et de violence policière répond à une volonté d’éloigner, de décourager et de terroriser les migrant-e-s pour qu’ils-elles renoncent à s’installer dans le pays de leur choix. Cette opération n’est pas sans rappeler des épisodes historiques fascistes que nos générations s’étaient promis de ne plus jamais accepter, il nous en reviens de remobiliser une résistance.

Aujourd’hui à Calais, les migrant-e-s ont à nouveau été chassé-e-s de la ville. La majorité d’entre eux et elles sont maintenu-e-s à la périphérie, dans des espaces où le harcèlement policier peut donner sa pleine mesure, à l’abri des regards et en toute impunité. Cette situation nous ramène 10 ans en arrière et nous ne pouvons pas accepter que les acquis de nombreuses années de lutte soient balayées ainsi.

Nous appelons tout le monde à venir à Calais pour s’opposer à cette vague de répression sans précédent.

Venez, dès le samedi 12 juillet pour une manifestation anti-rafle et en solidarité avec les migrant-e-s arrêté-e-s et harcelé-e-s, à 14 heures départ place d’Armes

et pour construire ensemble dans les jours qui suivent une réponse collective pour que cette forme d’oppression ne redevienne pas la norme !