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Freedom for all the accused of the Fire of Vincennes!
Since the end of 2007, the detainees of Vincennes (France), like manyÂ others detainees of detention centers for migrants, have ceaselesslyÂ struggled for their freedom. They have demonstrated and gone on hunger
strike, they have refused to be counted or to come back in theirÂ rooms, they have burnt their mattresses.
The 9th of April a detainee of the center was already saying: “we haveÂ to think about struggling differently. People and cops don’t give aÂ shit about the hunger strike. They don’t give a shit about sans-papiers. They don’t give a shit if we die. People eat razor bladesÂ every day and nobody hears about them. The little things we do are notÂ worth it. We have to create a damned mess to put them under pressure.”
On June 21st 2008, a Tunisian called Salem Essouli died because of aÂ lack of medical care. The next day, a silent demonstration organizedÂ by the detainees was harshly crushed. Then a revolt blew up, and the
center was destroyed by fire. That night, the detainees wereÂ transferred to other centers all over the country:Â Rouen-Oissel,Â Lille-Lesquin, NÃ®mes-Courbessac, Palaiseau, Mesnil-Amelot et Paris-
dÃ©pÃ´t-CitÃ©. Salem Essouli’s family has registered a complaint inÂ January.
The center of Vincennes had 280 beds, its destruction means lessÂ arrests and deportations. During the next months we could observe aÂ clear diminution of razzias and deportations in Paris. That’s why theÂ state hurrried to build a new center in the same place, which openedÂ in November 2008.
Wanting to set an example, the state has arrested several ex-detaineesÂ of Vincennes: two were arrested the very day of the fire. One has beenÂ freed but stays under control as a witness with arisk of beingÂ charged, the other has been detained; six other arrests occurredÂ during the months of July, October, November and December.Â One ofÂ them as been assailteed in jail on November 4th and is still in anÂ hospital with serious medical consequences.
So, eight persons are accused of destruction by fire of public goodÂ and violence against policemen. There may be other persons accused. AtÂ the end of February and beginning March, three of them have been freed
but are still prosecuted. Four persons are still detained despite theÂ numerous requests of liberation made by their lawyer. We still don’tÂ know when the trial will take place.
The Vincennes detainees’ revolt isn’t isolated. Others happenedÂ before, others happened during the summer at Mesnil-Amelot, Nantes,Â Italy, Belgium, and still others will happen.
The Vincennes detainees destroyed their jail. Solidarity with theÂ prosecuted detainees means struggling against migration policies,Â their ideology and their practices!
We will hold on!
Free the prosecuted Vincennes detainees and drop the charges against
Close the detention centers for migrants! Freedom of circulation and
Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send money for the defense of Vincennes detainees at : CICP-Vincennes,
21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris
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