Prisoners of Peace

In France, March on Brussels, Paris on 22 September 2011 at 22:25

St. Denis, September 22

Day 59 of the March on Brussels. From Paris, 8 km

Paris 22S, indignados waking up in front of the Stock Exchange

Dear people,

After we slept there, we occupied the square of the Stock Exchange for most of the day. We put up signs, we wrote slogans in chalk and we held an internal assembly under the watchful eye of massive police presence. The bus which has taken us away twice already was right around the corner.

It was a great day, especially because there was an event in the stock exchange which attracted many suits and ties. It was priceless to see them parading by the signs accusing the financial system and inviting the people to rise up, while our colourful bunch was holding an assembly.

Internal Assembly at Place de la Bourse

Looking back on these days we made great progress. When we arrived we walked straight into a police ambush at the Bastille and had to retreat to the Marne in the early morning. In subsequent days we went on a crazy march through the city, we occupied Bercy, and finally we conquered the Stock Exchange. But the repression has been exhausting for many people, both physically and mentally.

Today, the police would not let us leave the square to walk to St. Denis in group. Some of us managed to break the barrier in small numbers. I walked alone.

When I left the city of Paris, it was like I could breath again. I was back in the real world, with real people of all races and ages leading real lives. The pressure from the authorities on everything different seemed to have lifted.

"If the people would understand the banking system, I think there would be a revolution before the day is over." Henry Ford.

But that was all imagination. In St. Denis there are half a dozen of police present in civilian outfit. As long as we are in the greater Paris area, the police will not leave us alone. They will continue their repression and their intimidation.

Today it turned out that not all the detenidos have been freed. On the contrary. Eleven of them are still in custody. They are almost exclusively French, they are charged with damaging or degrading public property (the police bus), and resistance to arrest. But rumours are also going around that they are accused of ‘terrorism’.

It’s a dirty tactic by the authorities. They catch the French in our movement, and they fry them a couple of days to dissuade other indignés to speak up or to act. We are cooperating with a local lawyer and we have created a working group to have them liberated as soon as possible. This will prolongue our presence in the Paris area even more. Saturday a peaceful concentration has been called for to protest against police repression. Every day that passes, our daily marches to Brussels will grow longer and longer.

'Paris, rise up!'


  1. Je suis désolée d’être loin et occupée à d’autres luttes convergentes. Je vous admire et vous soutiens. Merci merci de tout ce que vous faites…

    Lo siento: no puedo estar con vosotros, porqué tengo qué luchar en otros campos con misma meta… luchas convergentes. Os cumplimento, y apoyo. Muchissimas gracias por lo qué hacéis…

  2. Traduction en français sur mon blog de Mediapart (cliquez sur mon nom Dominique C)
    Traducción en francès en mi blogo de Mediapart (hagan clic en mi nombre Dominique C)
    Translation to french in my Mediapart blog (clic on my name Dominique C)

  3. Update

    The trial against eleven arrested for a identity check by the French police on September 21 at the Plaçe de la Bourse is postponed to October 31 at 9 hrs before the correctional tribunal of Paris.

    They are 7 male and 4 female arrested, mostly unemployed and between 27 and 37 yrs old, 10 are French and one person is Venezuelan.
    The only plaint resting on the accused is the deterioration of public good for the misalignment of glass of a police van.

    Master Brigitte Plaza has auditioned the inmates between 1:00 and 3:30, they were isolated in different cells but all their versions of the events coincided.

    The arrested showed signs of exhaustion and were chilled to bone.

    The accused are liberated at 11h30 today September 23 2011 at Quai de l’Horloge where some 50 indignés were waiting for them.

    International Commission 15M

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