CALEXICO / MEXICALI: NO BORDERS
Border Patrol Attacks Demonstrators as No Borders Camp Closes
14 Nov 2007 22:52 GMT
Hundreds Gather in Calexico / Mexicali to Advocate a World Without Borders
On the evening of November 11th, participants in the first No Borders Camp on the US-Mexico border dismantled the camp and marched west on either side of what has become a 15 foot wall dividing Mexicali (Mexico) and Calexico (United States), converging on the port of entry to protest the militarized border. The demonstration was peaceful until the US Border Patrol, without giving an order to disperse or other warning, brutally attacked those on the US side with point-blank rounds of pepper-spray pellets, batons, and swarm tactics, leaving several badly injured. This event was the final action of the No Borders Camp, and came after a week of peaceful confrontation and resistance to the border system.
The Border Patrol made three arrests: Steve Murphy, Erik Wackernagel and Juan Ruiz. Murphy and Wackernagel have been released and Ruiz is being held in the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California. Ruiz is being charged with two counts of assaulting a federal officer and will have his second appearance before the magistrate on November 15th in El Centro. If you would like to donate to the legal fund, use this donate link and specify "No Borders Camp Legal Fund." Further support and solidarity information will be available soon.
More than 500 people participated in the No Borders Camp during the week of November 7-11. Actions during the camp included a rally and march on November 9 at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Centro, CA and a memorial service on November 10 at a cemetery in Holtville, CA where the remains of about 600 migrants who have died crossing the border are buried. All activities during the camp were peaceful and intended to build connections across borders.
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