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Comunique 2 from the No Borders Camp (South side)

by Participants from southern part of camp
NO BORDERS CAMP - 8 November 2007

The second day of the No Borders camp has been incredibly peaceful, despite initial concerns regarding the likelihood of police violence.
Around 40-50 people have joined the southern camp from the northern side,so there are now around 80 residents, and more and more people are arriving all the time. We spent the day under the watchfull eye of American border patrol and national US police but undeterred by their presence various talks and assemblies have taken place. Tonight people are gathered around the campfires, planning political and cultural activities for the following days.

After an emotive start with a meeting and march from the central crossing point at the border between Mexicali (Baja California) and Calexico (California), we began the first ever bi-national No Borders camp yesterday, November 7. This date was chosen in order to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The objective of the camp and actions is to say to all countries: NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL. Participants from the countries called Mexico, USA, Spain, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, among others, have come to Mexicali/Calexico to camp from the 7th-11th of this month.

Yesterday's non-violent march was separated by the border wall but united by dreams of tearing it down. For almost 50 years they have separated us from the land that earlier we could freely cross, land that rightfully belongs to it's indigenous peoples.

We invite you to join this camp, where an autonomous space has been created, a space symbolically without nations, without visas and where no-one is illegal in their own land.

WE ARE FREE HUMAN BEINGS

If you would like to participate in this camp, we are situated near the intersection of Avenida Cristobal Colon and Rio Sinaloa, at the beginning of the corrugated steel border fence. For more information visit http://www.noborderscamp.org

In the following days there will be workshops, skill-shares, talks, forums, artistic expression... Bring your proposals, ideas, beans, blankets and your dreams to help with the ongoing construction of this free space for everyone.
§Southern side of the camp
by Participants from southern part of camp
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On the left you can see the Avenida Cristobal Colon, to the right the small gate where people have been entering from the north, with permission from Border Patrol. You can also see some of the towers with floodlights that Border Patrol are using in their surveillance of the camp.
§The electronic eye
by Participants from southern part of camp
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A border patrol officer videoing participants in the southern part of the camp.
§Love sees no borders...
by Participants from southern part of camp
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§Border gate
by Participants from southern part of camp
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View past the US forces who are "protecting" the rights of US citizens to protest, to the northern part of the camp.
§Toilets without borders!
by Participants from southern part of camp
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The composting toilets in the south-side camp.
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