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Comunique 3 from No Borders Camp south-side

by translated by guerita rebelde
No Borders Camp comunique 3, Friday 9 November 2007, mexicali/calexico
The morning began with a tough job, as we campers tried to move our tents closer to the border barrier little by little. After a few minutes there were many people and border patrol began a small operation to evict us from the barrier. With around 10 riot police, they tried to intimidate us without success. All that resulted was that it made us more alert and more prepared in case of withdrawal and/or self defence.

Finally the riot police all left and we continued with our first activity of the day, a breakfast shared with us by compas from the other side of the barrier. From then on we continued moving our tents and shade structures bit by bit until we arrived at the point where border patrol told us we couldn't pass. Mocking their attempt to control us, we continued onward closer and closer to our aim, that is to be united without fronters or barriers.

The day continued uneventfully and in the afternoon there was an informative talk about a project the Beehive artists collective, from Maine, USA, that covered the struggle of the Colombian government against drug trafficking, better known as “Plan Colombia”. They explained the parts of their mural that alluded to problems caused by many corporations and in particular the US and UK governments. A little later, compas from both parts of the camp gathered at the official border crossing. Many people from the US crew participated in a performance, falling to the ground to symbolise the migrants that die trying to cross the border. The people from this side were also active, talking with many passers-by about the camp and issues surrounding borders and migration, while people waiting in the line to enter the US honked their car horns in much-appreciated support. Just after the meeting there was an energetic acoustic concert at the physical barrier that still divides our camp, leading us into a night of dancing.

Throughout the day the compas from various independent medias stayed active doing interviews with folk on the mexican side of the camp, asking questions for example about how people saw the camp and about the relation between capitalism and borders.

One of our aims is that this camp stays active and autonomous, and so we invite all people to join us who want to be a part of this socio-political event.

The borders are a symbol of division, they cause deaths, massacres, their logic is to implant racism, xenophobia, the hate of people for the colour of their skin, social class, or nationality. Thousands of people are discriminated against and killed by paramilitaries, right-wingers and the police, to defend the interests of the bourgousie and ensure the continued expansion of capitalism.

Down with the border walls!
Social war against imperialism!
No borders, no nations, stop deportations!

In solidarity
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