Seven people who were took part in a march of about 100 local activists that escorted 20 migrants over an Alpine pass in April, were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by a court of the French state earlier this week. The march was organized to protect migrants from Generation Identity fascists, who were blocking the border in April.
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Last year fascists of the Generation Identity movement were bringing people in danger on the Mediterranean sea, with their “Defend Europe” campaign. The campaign ended in a disaster for the fascisists, but that didn’t stop them from other actions at European borders. In April fascists set-up a blockade on the Italian/French border in the Alps, again bringing peoples lives in danger.
Local activists of “Tous Migrants” called to a march to protect migrants from the fascists. About 100 people accompanied a group of migrants, but French cops arrested several people. In the past month the trial against 7 of the arrested activists took place on the French territory. The
judge repeatedly denied any discussion of ‘societal’/ ‘political’ issues during the trial, although the accused took part in a political protest and therefore it was a political trial.
Earlier this week the court announced the verdict: Benoit Ducos, Théo Buckmaster, Bastien Stauffer, Lisa Malapert and Eléonora Laterza were given a six month suspended sentence for what the judge calls “aiding the illegal entry of a foreigner into France”. Mathieu Burellier, who was also prosecuted for rebellion, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, eight of which were suspended and put to the test for two years with the obligation to compensate the victims and to work. Jean-Luc Jalmain, also convicted for his participation in a gathering, is sentenced to 12 months in prison including eight suspended.
The 7 activists will appeal the court verdict. During the trial there were a lot of solidarity actions to support the Briançon7, which not only focussed on therepression against the 7 activists but also on the EU border regime.