Libcom.org Feb 22 2010
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
Since several months, occupations, demonstrations and actions go on in
Paris and around. Sans-papiers people occupy their job places, and wild
non-declared demonstrations cover the streets with posters, informing
about banks denouncing the "illegal" migrants. Weeks of solidarity have
been organized for the Vincennes Detention Center detainees, who pass in
court, accused of its total arson on July 2008. This prison totally burnt
down after an inner revolt. It's in this atmosphere that police came to
arrest and to put pressure on comrades, who took part in the solidarity
On Monday, February 15th, six people have been arrested in Paris- and
their homes searched.
On more person has been arrested on Tuesday. Several parents‘ houses have
been also searched on Monday. Cops took the computers, some flyers and
brochures, and seemed to look for specific clothes.
They all have been taken to 36 quai des Orfèvres- the SDAT( anti-terrorist
section) office place.
During the questioning, the comrades were asked about the different
solidarity actions with the Vincennes Detention Center detainees in trial:
wild demonstrations, offices occupations, and bank automatic teller
machines sabotages. When several persons refused to give their DNA, cops
tried to take it on cigarettes and clothes. Until now, they are not
charged with DNA refusal. Three (two girls) have been released with no
charges, four other men passed in court on Wendsday, and are charged with
„damage of goods in a group“. They are under judicial control, and can not
see each other. They are finally not charged with terrorism laws.
„People close to the alternative or UltraLeft mouvement“
Due to newspapers, these arrests would be linked to a current
investigation about the solidarity actions, opened on December 5th ( see
HERE about it).
Press talks about Reims, Grenoble, Lille and Lyon- where similar actions
have been done, though not all of them have been claimed. But the
journalists, investigating, suppose its linked…
In Le Figaro- February 18th edition, we learn 40 „raids“ would have been
done all over France. We also learn police found at one comrade house
„painting bombs“, “ similar to those used during the ATM damage in the XIX
Concerning the town of Poitiers, Centre Presse (February 18th edition),
lets us know fifteen ATM have been damaged on February 9th. The corrosive
liquide inserted in the machine is right now analyzed. And l‘Union
confirms its suspicions concerning tags and damages on Reims banks: it
must be the „Ultragauche“. Obviously, no more details. These ‚young
people‘, „between 24 and 30 years old“, „demonstrated their silence“
during the questioning. Due to Reuters, police says the alleged vandals
have been identified with
„video recordings“ and „left marks“. They would have followed the
„Ultragauche“ theory because of the written slogans. Maybe that’s the
reason they need to take away brochures and „subversiv 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 police was already there; so people prefered to
disperse, and to gather again a few minutes later in
Strasbourg-Saint-Denis. The wild march, shouting „Liberty for all, with or
without papers!“ and „Cops, pigs, murders!“ run to Republique and
Chateau-d‘eau. No arrests.
On February 10th, two La Poste ATM totaly burnt down, in hte 19th
district, and two slogans written down: „Fire to the detention centers“
and „La Poste= denouncer“ .
In Dijon, an Adecco agency has been attacked on Monday. This temporary job
agency windows were broken: „Here, one exploits sans-papiers“. 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, anti-terrorist brigade received some comrades for an official
When the Grand-Lyeu squat opened on the end of January, two people have
been asked for identity by a police patrol, infront of the door. They also
took a telephone number. Two weeks later, police called: a rendez-vous is
fixed, for questioning. And its actually a cop from the AntiTerror
division who asked the questions… Due to an article published on
rebellyon.info, this is how the interogation went: „This ‚grand lieu‘, are
some dangerous poeople in there? violent people? Do you talk about
black-blocs? Who organizes the self-defense on Sunday? the debates and
screenings?… Of course, he asked for names and questioned about Chambery
case (see HERE) and the actions week with the Vincennes detainees in
Just trying to push further their investigations, making links and trying
to define this rebelion.
For more information about these struggles in France:
Translated french info on