On Monday and Tuesday 15 and 16 February, seven people were arrested as alleged terrorists in Paris in connection with solidarity actions with prisoners accused of arson of the Vincennes detention Center in July 2008.
Terrorism- The Show
For several months, there have been occupations, demonstrations and actions in and around Paris . Sans-papiers are occupying their places of work, and mounting unauthorised demonstrations; they are covering the streets with posters, informing people that banks have been denouncing the "illegal" migrants to the authorities. Weeks of solidarity work has been organized for the Vincennes Detention Center detainees, who on trial, accused of its arson in July 2008. This prison totally burnt down after an revolt by detainees. It's in this atmosphere that police came to arrest and to put pressure on comrades, who took part in the solidarity work.
On Monday, February 15th, six people were arrested in Paris- and their homes searched.
On more person has been arrested on Tuesday. Several of their parents‘ houses were also searched on Monday. Cops took the computers, some flyers and brochures, and seemed to be looking for specific clothes.
They all have been taken to 36 quai des Orfèvres- the base of the SDAT (anti-terrorist police).
During the questioning, the comrades were asked about the different solidarity actions with the Vincennes Detention Center detainees: unauthorised demonstrations, occupations of offices and sabotage of automatic teller machines. When several persons refused to give their DNA, cops tried to take it from their cigarettes and clothes. So far they have not been charged with refusing to give a DNA sample. Three (two girls) have been released with no charges, the remaining four men werein court on Wednesday, and are charged with "destruction of property in a group". They are under judicial control, and cannot see each other. In the end they have not been charged under terrorism laws.
"People close to the alternative or UltraLeft mouvement"
According to newspapers, these arrests are linked to a current investigation into the solidarity actions, opened on December 5th ( see HERE about it).
The press has listed similar actions in Reims, Grenoble, Lille and Lyon. Though not all of them have been claimed journalists, are claiming that they are linked.
In Le Figaro- February 18th edition, we learned that 40 "raids“ were carried out across France. We also learned that police found "paint bombs" at one comrade's house which were "similar to those used during to damage ATMs in the XIX district“.
Centre Presse (February 18th edition), informed us that fifteen ATMs in the town of Poitiers were damaged on February 9th. The corrosive liquid inserted into the machine is currently being analyzed. l‘Union has suspicions concerning tags and damage to Reims banks and stated: it must be the "Ultragauche“. Obviously, they are unable to provide any proof. Those arrested, who are between 24 and 30 years old have remained silent under questioning. According to Reuters, police are saying that the alleged vandals have been identified using "video recordings" and marks left at the scene. They have blamed the "Ultragauche“ theory because of slogans written at the scene. Maybe that’s the reason they need to take away brochures and "subversive books“ each time they search a house. It may be a clue!
"We do not drop anything!“
On Tuesday, about 80 people gathered in Chateau-Rouge, in solidarity with the comrades. But the police were already there; so people prefered to disperse, and to gather again a few minutes later in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis. The unauthorised marchers ran to Republique and Chateau-d‘eau shouting "Liberty for all, with or without papers!“ and "Cops, pigs, murderers!“ . there were no arrests.
On February 10th, two La Poste ATMs were desdtroyed by fire in the 19th district, and two slogans written down: "Burn down the detention centres“ and "La Poste= denouncer“. The second referring to La Poste's involvement in reporting sans-papiers to the police.
In Dijon, an Adecco agency was attacked on Monday. This temporary job agency windows were broken and the slogan "Here, one exploits sans-papiers“ was painted. The same night, in Asnières sur Seine, a UMP party office was attacked; in "solidarity with all the imprisoned and against all imprisonments“.
In Lyon, the anti-terrorist brigade received some comrades for an official discussion.
When the Grand-Lyeu squat opened at the end of January, two people were asked for identity by a police patrol, in front of the door. They also took a telephone number. Two weeks later, police called: an appointment for questioining was arranged. A cop from the Anti-terror division was there to actually ask the questions… According to an article published on rebellyon.info, this is how the interogation went: "This 'grand lieu‘, are there some dangerous people in there? violent people? Do you talk about black-blocs? Who organizes the self-defence classes on Sunday? the debates and screenings?… Of course, he asked for names and questioned about the Chambery case (see HERE) and the actions week with the Vincennes detainees in trial.
Just trying to push further their investigations, making links and trying to define this rebellion.
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