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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #297 - Hautes-Alpes: When aid to migrants moves mountains (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:23 +0300

As the migratory policies of the European states keep getting tougher, migrant people have to take more risks in the mountains. At the same time, the solidarity citizens who seek to help them, the "marauders" of the Alpine valleys, are more and more worried, accused and even sentenced to justice. ---- Despite the alerts of associations launched to the authorities, despite injuries, frostbite, amputations, deaths (the last death of a young exile near Briançon February 6), and mobilization, the situation continues to s' aggravate in the region of Briançon (Hautes-Alpes). The prosecutor Gap, Raphael Balland, wishes to multiply the targeted arrests and searches in the Haute-Durance.
At the beginning of July, two marauders (the marauders roam the mountains in search of refugees in distress who try to cross the France-Italy border) are arrested in Montgenèvre on the roadside. They are however alone in their vehicle. There follows an arrest and the placement in custody of one of them. The second was released a few hours later with a summons 15 days later.

The next day, the gendarmes of the "Anti-Solidarity Brigade", as it is named in the region of Briançon, recontact him so that it is present now to the gendarmerie. He will refuse on the advice of his lawyer, stipulating in particular that he is already summoned. The first is still in custody at that time. He will spend 48 hours there and will even be given a search at his home. The questions revolve around the collective All Migrants, organized gang, SMS exchanges between solidarity ...

The revenge of a humiliated prosecutor
For the prosecutor Balland it is soon the end of the abuses in Hautes-Alpes: transferred attorney to Béziers, his departure is planned for this autumn. Before this scheduled departure he clearly wants to make a coup and justify the extraordinary deployment of pandores in the mountains. His organized gang, he holds. It did not hold for the trial of "3 + 4 Briançon" ...

The brigade of six gendarmes under its command and detached only to this mission is working hard to incriminate the activists, fortunately without much results until today. As in Italy, the repression continues to increase for those who simply want to save lives where borders kill.

Facing the State, a dynamic and united mobilization
In this difficult context, solidarity collectives do not disarm. Saturday, June 22, at La Roche de Rame, was held The Great Call of Air (in reference to the phrase often used in speeches about migration policy) to support exiles, marauders and marauders and more generally all persons designated guilty of solidarity. Organized by the support committee for 3 + 4 + 3 + ... (in reference to solidarity people successively concerned by the justice), which brings together some twenty associations, this militant festival has been a great success.

Agnès Antoine, member of the association Tous Migrants and elected of La-Roche-de-Rame estimates the arrival of nearly 3,000 people for this event, which shows a wide interest among the population regarding the fate of migrants and migrants in the mountains and the reception of refugees who are made in Briançonnais. Indeed, the subject is more and more evoked daily. In this small sparsely populated territory, the impact of this situation affects everyone, and everyone takes a position more and more drastically as time passes and the situation deteriorates.

This event was a beautiful demonstration of kindness and warm solidarity, bringing together people from all walks of life and age groups. In addition to the discussion areas, stands selling products for the defense of solidarity: handicrafts produced by refugee groups, rice and olive oil stamped No Tav (resistance movement in Italy against a transalpine train project unjustified), books, T-shirts, badges ...

The entire event, based on the principle of free prizes, is a good example of self-management with a particularly successful festival for an event of this magnitude: nine concerts, including a young public show narrating the crossing of two European children Syrians, particularly moving, a conference very followed and screenings of movies simply overwhelmed by too many spectators for the size of the spaces of diffusion. There were also exhibits, such as the forest of placards bearing refugee testimonies on their mistreatment by the French police. A banner, full of anonymous faces that support the accused persons. Or a very strong installation of the artist El Queubels:

The mobilization is already relaunched for the next deadline: the appeal trial of Pierre and Kévin, in Grenoble, on October 24th, if by then justice does not summon anyone in the first instance ... The police as for it, continues its job: harassment of solidarity, illegal escort at the border, theft and ill-treatment ...

But before that, an appointment was given Thursday, July 11 in front of the court of Gap to accommodate three members of Generation Identity involved in the foolish operation Defend Europ convened to respond to their "coup of brilliance mediaApril 21, 2018. The fascist and xenophobic association had materialized a border at the Col de l'Echelle, taking the place of the police to hunt down the refugees and demonstrate a supposed inaction of the public authorities. One hundred and fifty young identities from all over Europe took part in uniforms, helped by even two helicopters, with total impunity at first. The reaction of the supporters was not long in coming. A week later, a counter-rally of solidarity, bringing together more than twice as many people, had organized a crossing of the border. The deliberation of the trial was expected for August 29th.

Mobilization develops and resists repression
The Libertarian Communist Union of the Hautes-Alpes gives its full support to all the solidarity and sympathizers to the cause of refugees, to all those who aspire to live simply as humans among other humans.

Nobody is illegal.

Edouard, UCL Hautes-Alpes

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