Paris: Seven arrested for ‘terrorism’ in Vincennes solidarity actions

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.

Courtesy of libcom.  We cleaned up the translation a bit.  Sorry for the remaining typos. — Denver ABC

Terrorism: The Show

Vincennes Detention Center burns in prisoners' revolt of 2008

Several months ago, occupations, demonstrations and actions took place in Paris and around.  Sans-papiers [undocumented] people occupied their workplaces, and wild unannounced demonstrations covered the streets with posters, informing about banks that denounce the “illegal” migrants.  Weeks of solidarity were organized for the Vincennes Detention Center detainees, who were appearing in court, accused of the prison’s total arson in 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 work.

On Monday, February 15th, six people have been arrested in Paris–and had their homes searched.

One more person was arrested on Tuesday.  Several parents‘ houses were also searched on Monday.  Cops took computers, some flyers and brochures, and seemed to look for specific clothes.

The arrested have all been taken to 36 quai des Orfèvres–the SDAT (anti-terrorist section) office.

During the questioning, the comrades were asked about the different solidarity actions with the Vincennes Detention Center detainees on trial: wild demonstrations, office occupations, and bank ATM sabotages.  When several persons refused to give their DNA, cops tried to take it on cigarettes and clothes.  At this time they are not charged with DNA refusal.  Three (two women) have been released with no charges; four other men appeared in court on Wednesday, and are charged with “damage of goods in a group”.  They are under judicial control, and can not see each other.  Finally, they are not charged with terrorism laws at this time.

“People close to the alternative or UltraLeft movement”

According to newspapers, these arrests are linked to a current investigation of the solidarity actions, opened on December 5th (see here about it).  The press talks about Reims, Grenoble, Lille and Lyon where similar actions have been done, though not all of them have been claimed.  But the investigating journalists suppose it’s linked…

In Le Figaro, February 18th edition, we learn 40 “raids” have been done all over France.  We also learn police found at one comrade’s house “paint bombs,” “similar to those used during the ATM damage in the XIX district.”

Concerning the town of Poitiers, Centre Presse (February 18th edition), informs us that fifteen ATM were damaged on February 9th.  The corrosive liquid inserted in the machine is being analyzed.  And l‘Union confirms its suspicions concerning tags and damages on Reims banks: it must be the “Ultragauche” [“Ultra-left”].  Obviously, no more details.  These ‘young people’, “between 24 and 30 years old,”  “demonstrated their silence” during the questioning.  According 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 “subversive 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 preferred 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 totally burnt down, in the 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.”

Further investigations

In Lyon, anti-terrorist brigade received some comrades for an official discussion.

When the Grand-Lyeu squat opened on the end of January, two people were asked for ID by a police patrol, of the door.  They also took a telephone number.  Two weeks later, police called: a rendez-vous is fixed, for questioning.  And it’s actually a cop from the AntiTerror division who asked the questions…  According to an article published on, this is how the interrogation went: “This ‘grand lieu’, are some dangerous people 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 week of action with the Vincennes detainees in trial.

Just trying to push further their investigations, making links and trying to define this rebellion.

For more information about these struggles in France:  Translated french info on

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