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Saturday, January 21, 2012

No Borders.*Solidarity gathering for the No Border Camp comrades on trial*

On 8 February 2012 the Belgian State holds its first political trials of those
accused of “crimes” during the 2010 Brussels No Border Camp.

Two comrades are in court facing charges of “Armed Rebellion” and “Rebellion”
relating to the demonstrations and mass arrests during the week of the No Border Camp.

On 26 September 2010 around 150 demonstrated at the migration prison 127bis in
Steenokkerzeel (close to Brussels airport), showing solidarity with migrants locked
up just for not having the right identity documents. The police attacked the crowd
with horses and batons, demonstrators were beaten unconscious and hospitalised. But
while the police act with impunity, two demonstrators, one of whom was in hospital
with head injuries, are now threatened with prison for “rebellion”, accused of
somehow being responsible for injuries to a police officer who was kicked by a police

On 29 September Brussels Police preventively arrested over 300 people on their way to
a trade union march. Demonstrators were dragged off the streets and buses, held for 8
hours without charge, and then forcibly photographed before being released. Some were
beaten, sexually assaulted, chained to radiators, and threatened with rape. One of
our comrades is also charged with a second count of “rebellion” for supposedly
resisting being pushed against a wall by six police, photographed by force, then
beaten and sent to hospital.

The truth about “violence” at the No Border Camp is that it was the forces of law and
order who brutally attacked people for daring to speak up. Of course, not one of
these police thugs or their commanders is facing trial.

Now the State tries to cover up its actions by finding scapegoats it can paint as
dangerous “rebels”. They have been singled out as supposed No Borders “organisers”:
in fact it could be any of us facing these made-up charges. The truth is that it is
the police and authorities who need to answer for their actions that week in
Brussels. Just as they need to answer for their attacks every day against sans-papiers.

We will not accept the criminalisation of protest in Belgium. Their repression only
makes us stronger. We will not accept the brutality of the racist and murderous
immigration regime. We will stand by our comrades on trial, as we stand by all
migrants, prisoners, and others facing state violence. Solidarity is our weapon.
Freedom is our cry.

Come to the Palais de Justice of Brussels, Place Poelaert at 8h30 on 8 February 2012
to stand in solidarity with our comrades, and hold the forces of “order” to account.


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