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Evacuation of a camp of Rroma people in the early morning. A local politician, concerned about the situation and in solidarity with the evicted people, arrives by bicycle to see what’s going on. The police block him then bring him to court: his bicycle is apparently, the weapon with which he would have attacked them. The concept of “improvised weapon” is like that of “disturbing public order”; one that allows prosecution of anyone in disregard of the rule that the law should be clear, precise and circumstantial to avoid abuses.

“Jean-Luc Munro, a municipal councilor in Loos, near Lille, is being prosecuted for “assaulting a public official with an improvised weapon”, the weapon being the bicycle with which he went to a shantytown to witness the illegal destruction of caravans by police.

A support rally was organized today Wednesday at 12:30 pm in Grand Place in Lille during his trial.

You can download here the press release in French.

«Press invitation: Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 12h30
Grand Place – Lille

Solidarity offenders
If solidarity with foreigners is a crime, then we are all delinquents.

 

For several months we’ve seen different cases in which solidarity is considered a crime. Trials of people assisting foreigners, threatened with heavy penalties, intimidated, prosecuted, convicted; in Calais, Paris, Norrent-Fontes, Boulogne, Loos, Nice, Perpignan, St- Etienne, in Meaux …

Faced with the inertia of the state, citizen movements are gaining momentum, but the repression of solidarity is also increasing.

More than 350 national and local associations and trade unions have signed a manifesto published on 12th January 2017 (read the manifesto and consult the list of signatory associations).

They organize rallies to stop the offensive on solidarity all over France, and in particular in Lille on February 8th, in Paris on February 9th and in Nice on February 10th.

At the same time, a digital campaign is launched at http://www.delinquantssolidaires.org to show solidarity via social networks.

Rally in Lille – 8th February 2017 – 12h30 – Grand Place

Jean-Luc Munro, a municipal councilor in Loos, near Lille, is being prosecuted for “assaulting a public official with an improvised weapon”, the weapon being the bicycle with which he went to a shantytown to witness the illegal destruction of caravans by the police. 
The hearing will take place at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lille on Wednesday 8th February at 2pm.

A gathering to support Jean-Luc Munro, on foot or by bicycle, is organized on Wednesday, February 8th at 12:30, on the Grand Place of Lille.

  • Representatives of the associations that signed the manifesto (including Guillaume Lardanchet, President of Romeurope) and other “solidarity delinquents” will be present and speak;
  • Di Mini Teatro will present the fable of Master Corbak “the policeman, the environmentalist and his bike”;
  • The participants can join in solidarity with Jean-Luc Munro;
  • And at 1:10 pm there will be an animated march to the Tribunal.

 

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1936, paid holidays: it is not surprising, considering the history of emancipation, that the current regime considers the bicycle as a weapon.

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