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Border Patrol Brutalizes No Borders Camp Demonstration: Update at 6:10pm
by noborderscampmedia
Sunday Nov 11th, 2007 6:24 PM
At the end of a bi-national march from the site of the No Borders Camp and rally at the Mexicali/Calexico port of entry, around 100 Border Patrol officers and attacked a group of about 30 demonstrators on the u.s. side and with pepper gas pellets, tazers, and batons. 2-3 people were severely beaten and more suffered from the use of chamical weapons. At the moment 3 people are confirmed to be detained. When people dispersed the border patrol chased some people on foot and detained groups of people, forcing them to sit on the sidewalk with their hands on their heads until letting them go five at a time. In one case, a person badly injured by pepper pellets shot at close range was pursued away from the conflict, pulled away from a companion wanting to treat his wounds, surrounded and beaten in the head with batons by up to 15 border patrol agents. All who were temporarily detained on the street have now been released. Two people have been taken into a border patrol vehicle. The two people who have been detained are in urgent need of medical attention. It is reported that many Border Patrol oficers are in the parking lot where people's cars were parked. Further information forthcoming...

A la termina de la marcha bi-nacional que empenzo por el sitio del encampamento No Fronteras y llego a la garita de Mexicai/Calexico para un mitin, unas cien oficiales de las Patrulas Fronterizas attacaron un grupo alredor de 30 manifestantes del lado Estados Unidos con armas chemicas, tazeres, y batones. 2-3 personas fueron gravemente golpeados y mas sufrieron por la aplicacion de gases. Tres personas han sido detenidos. La gente disepersaron y en la salida officiales de las Patrulas Fronterizas persigieron a algunas personas, y lograron a detener a 20 personas en la calle, les hicieron senterse en sus rodillas con sus manos sobre la cabeza, luego les dejaron irse por grupitos de 5 personas. Hubo un caso en que una persona fue gravamente lastimado por las balas de pimiento, balazada desde muy cerca, que fue persiguido cuando se intento a salirse del conflicto. Las autoridades le jalo de las brazos de un companero que buscaba dar attencion medico a sus lesiones, y hasta 15 officiales le rodearon y le golpearon con batones en la cabeza. Las Patrulas Froterizas han subido a menos de dos personas en sus camionetas, y es reportado que tal personas nesisitan atencion medica urgentamenta. Mas informacion siguiria....
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§11 Nov 2007 - 11pm: Breaking News
by via NBC Sunday Nov 11th, 2007 11:55 PM
11 Nov 2007 - 11pm: Breaking News Jail support team went to border partrol station: 1) FBI is intrerviewing 3 people. 2) FBI refuses to give the names, thus preventing friends/family from getting them their personal attorneys despite repeated requests from legal team. 3) The individuals were examined by an EMT and BP says they have refused further treatment though video footage and eyewitness accounts confirm beatings by approximately 10 BP agents at one time. 4) They will be moved to central jail after the interview and will not be arraigned until Tuesday due to Federal Holiday on Monday.
§12 Nov 2007 - 8:17am
by via NBC Monday Nov 12th, 2007 10:28 AM
12 Nov 2007 - 8:17am: Phone contact was made with the three brutalized No Borders Camp prisoners early this morning from jail in El Cento. Much information came to light, including the fact that they were refused medical treatment after repeated requests...this being contrary to what was told to the Legal Support Team by Border Patrol agents at Border Patrol station at around 11pm, who said "They (the prisoners) have refused further medical treatment."
It seems likely that at least two of the badly beaten protestors will be released on their own recognizance today. However, one of the prisoners may have immigration status hurdles to overcome. The charges might likely be assault against a federal agent.
§12 Nov 2007 - 4:47 pm
by via NBC Monday Nov 12th, 2007 5:32 PM
12 Nov 2007 - 4:47 pm: The threes arrestees are being held in the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California. According to the records office, they have tentative charges of impeding a federal officer. Their arraignment is expected tomorrow afternoon. Several phone calls and a jail visit were made with two of the arrestees, Steve Murphy and Erik Wackernagel. Juan Ruiz is a US permanent resident and faces possible deportation related to these charges. Two arrestees have requested and been refused medical attention. Call the warden at Imperial County Jail at 760.339.6367 to pressure them to provide Steve and Erik with vegan/vegetarian food, immediate medical attention for the arrestees, and to allow visitors for all three arrestees.
§12 Nov 2007 - 8:42 pm
by noborderscamp.org Monday Nov 12th, 2007 10:54 PM
12 Nov 2007 - 8:42 pm: If you would like to donate to the legal fund, use this donate link and make sure to specify that you want your donation to go toward legal costs. We expect that Steve, Erik and Juan will be appointed public defenders and will appear before a federal magistrate judge in the afternoon. We will post an update as soon as we have specific information regarding charges and conditions of release.
§LEGAL UPDATE 13 Nov 2007 - 5:20 pm
by noborderscamp.org Tuesday Nov 13th, 2007 6:53 PM
LEGAL UPDATE 13 Nov 2007 - 5:20 pm: Erik Wackernagel and Steve Murphy have been released! Juan Ruiz, the musician who is seen in the videos dancing before he is violently thrown to the ground and beaten by several Border Patrol agents, was arraigned today and charged with felony assault of a federal officer. The judge has not decided on the terms of his release yet and Juan will appear before the judge again tomorrow.

ACTUALIZACION LEGAL 13 Nov 2007 - 5:20 pm: Erik Wackernagel y Steve Murphy han sido soltados! Juan Ruiz, el musico que se ve en los videos bailando hasta que esta asaltado y golpeado por un grupo de agentes de la Migra, tenia su juicio de comparacencia hoy y fue cargado con asalto de delito grave a un oficio federal. El juez todavia no ha decidido los terminos de su liberacion y Juan aparecera ante el juez manana.

http://www.noborderscamp.org
§LEGAL UPDATE: 14 Nov 2007 - 11:00am
by noborderscamp.org Wednesday Nov 14th, 2007 12:48 PM
LEGAL UPDATE: 14 Nov 2007 - 11:00am: Due to a court mix-up, Juan Ruiz's appearance before Judge Lewis has been rescheduled to 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 15. Erik and Steve were able to rest in Calexico last night and begin healing from their injuries.

ACTUALIZACIÓN LEGAL: 14 Nov 2007 - 11:00am: Debido a una equivocacion en la corte, la comparecencia de Juan Ruiz ante Juez Lewis ha sido renegociada para la Jueves, el 15 de Noviembre a las 1:30 pm. Erik y Steve descansaron y empezaron a sanar de sus heridas en Calexico anoche.
§LEGAL UPDATE: 15 Nov 2007 - 2:30pm
by noborderscamp.org Thursday Nov 15th, 2007 4:15 PM
LEGAL UPDATE: 15 Nov 2007 - 2:30pm: The arraignment of Juan Ruiz was concluded this afternoon before Magistrate Lewis in El Centro. Bail has been set as a $10,000 assurity with a signature of a doctor friend of Juan's in Wisconsin, as requested by his public defender, Diane Raegan. Referring to video footage of the incident, she said, "It doens't look like an intentional assault on anybody - except Mr. Ruiz." The prosecutor, John Weis, attempted to enter some last-minute evidence to keep the bail higher and require more signatures which the judge took into consideration. The judge also addressed the No Borders Camp folks present in the courtroom, saying that they should not allow a person this vulnerable (Juan is a permanent legal resident) to have contact with authority - especially authority directly related to immigration. The judge told Juan that he didn't want to see him be deported. At the end, the judge turned to Juan and said, "Good luck to you."An indictment will be handed down in two weeks in El Centro to determine whether or not the U.S. Government will actually prosecute Juan. We expect Juan to be released Monday or Tuesday. To donate to his legal defense fund, mail checks made payable to 'GDC Legal Defense Fund' to PO Box 2442, Madison, WI 53701, with memo 'Juan Ruiz'.
MORE UPDATES
http://noborderscamp.org/es/noticias-corrientes

LEGAL 15 Nov 2007 2:30 pm El arreglo en el caso de Juan Ruiz fue concluido esta tarde ante el magistrado Lewis en el pueblo de El Centro. La multa es de usd$10.000 asegurada con la firma de un amigo de Juan, medico de Wisconsin, esto a peticion de su defensora publica, Diane Raegan. Refiriéndose al incidente grabado en el vídeo, ella dijo, "No parece como un asalto intencional a nadie, excepto para el Sr.Ruiz" El acusador, John Weis, intento entregar algunas evidencias de ultimo minuto para mantener la multa aun mas alta y requerir de mas firmas lo cual hizo que el juez lo considerara. El Juez también menciono, a los otrxs campistas sin fronteras que estaban presentes en la corte, que no deberían permitir a una persona tan vulnerable (Juan es un residente permanente) tener contacto con la autoridad, especialmente autoridad directamente relacionada a migración. El juez se dirigió a Juan diciéndole que no quería verlo deportado. Al final, el Juez le dijo "Buena suerte". El documento acusatorio se dara en dos semanas en El Centro para determinar si el gobierno de los EEUU seguira con la acusación para Juan. Pensamos que Juan va a salir lunes o martes. Para donar a su cuenta de defenso legal, mande cuentas a 'GDC Legal Defense Fund' a PO Box 2442, Madison, WI 53701' con el nombre 'Juan Ruiz'.
MAS ACTUALIZACIONES
http://noborderscamp.org/es/noticias-corrientes

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by [With all due respect.]
Sunday Nov 11th, 2007 9:40 PM
Y'all have been provoking a bunch of over-equipped, notoriously under-restrained, and usually-bored cops for days now, climbing their precious fence and spray-painting anarchist slogans on it.

What on Earth did organizers expect to happen?

Maybe the cops were affected by your revolutionary rhetoric, and decided they wanted to skills-share.

Also, what do you think those previously-mentioned, gawking Mexicans are saying about your bold statements this evening?

Some day (for yes I too have a dream), anarchists will learn to think through their actions, including all of the predictable consequences and additional ramifications, in advance of getting themselves beat up by police forces only-too-willing to accomodate them.

(I may be the only one....)
Border Patrol agents brutalize non-violent protestors during the No Borders Camp closing ceremony / La Migra brutaliza a manifestantes pacificos durante la ceremonia de clausura del Campamento contra las Fronteras

Click on the picture below to view the video of Border Patrol agents tackling a musician to the ground and proceeding to fire pepper spray rounds at close range into the surrounding crowd. Oprima la foto de abajo para ver el video de agentes de la Migra asaltando a un musico y disparando balas de spray pimienta desde cerca al muchedumbre.
by Mexicali banda (repost)
Sunday Nov 11th, 2007 10:55 PM
Fotos del campamento contra las fronteras - ultimo dia
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/11/11/18460258.php
by Observer
Monday Nov 12th, 2007 1:18 AM
What provoked the Border Police? What's been going on in the Camp? Is there any reason for them to straight-out attack y'all? What's up? We all want more information, as soon as you can get it, so we can spread the word as best we can. Thanks y'all!
by Alejandro
Monday Nov 12th, 2007 1:42 AM
He's right you know? The march was poorly organized and not so peaceful. Destroying that stupid fence by yanking on it, riping it up and then spraying violent graffiti on it wasn't our best idea. Instead maybe for next year in Tijuana or wherever we decide to go, maybe we should think of not pissing off the pinche migra and try not to physically knock them over or throw things at them on our last march day. Then maybe we'll have a more successful march and message.

Al
by Uhm
Monday Nov 12th, 2007 3:02 PM
Hmm. Thats funny. Maybe you should show some skills yourself and lear how to de-arrest. Maybe you should have more solidarity. Maybe you have too much to lose- I mean, you don't live on the street in Mexico, you probably went back to SD and relaxed in your posh loft, or whatever you liberals live in..(yurts?) Maybe you need to realize what you would like to accomplish by confronting the ICE at the border. (Did you expect them to be unarmed or not ready to fight?!) If you went there to send some kind of message- well that was a bad idea from the beginning. Try something along the lines of "a day without a mexican" or something. That'll make sure you can go to your classes or work or whatever you have thats so precious that jail will interfere with. This was an ACTION. This was organized (and I dont' fucking care about the vanguardist "oh the intention of this was..." bullSHIT either) as a response to the INEFFECTIVENESS of your precious liberal hopes and dreams of reform and legislation.

Where kids were unprepared, however, was that they didn't expect the cops to attack. They will. Remember that. You have NO RIGHTS. Why do you think they are laughing in the pictures. They know it, they alllllll know it, and whos screaming (in handcuffs) "what did I do?!" "Wheres my RIGHTS?!" . Well, they are gone. What do you do when your civil rights are TAKEN? Whats next- human rights? Its up to you, and me to have NO COMPROMISE with this fascist mindset- this neocapitalist neonationalist bullshit thats happening here in AZ/SOCAL/TX.

Jesus, even the Minutemen got more press.
(so if awareness/press was your goal- you failed terribly)
(and if you feel like confronting the ICE/Pigs again, be prepared)
by via SDIMC
Monday Nov 12th, 2007 7:48 PM
Call the jail to pressure them to provide Steve and Erik with vegan/vegetarian food and immediate medical attention for the arrestees: 760.339.6367 Further Support and Solidarity information coming soon...
by MOMMY AMRONH
Wednesday Nov 14th, 2007 12:33 PM
I just wanted to make a comment or ANOTHER COMMENT on this HORRIFIC POLICE ACTION HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WE CALL HOME, I ALWAYS THOUGHT & GREW UP BELIEVING THAT THIS IS THE HOME OF THE FREE, IE THE BILL OF RIGHTS SAYS WE ARE GUARANTEED FREE SPEECH, or did somehow our GOVERNMENT & IT'S PEOPLE FORGET THAT? I THINK MANY HAVE.

My point is that I get daily updates out here in the northwest part of the country on I.C.E./ HOMELAND SECURITY/BORDER PATROL, what-ever name they choose to go by these days its all the same...no mention on their site of these assaults on the people that were peacefully protesting.

I grew up thinking this was the greatest country in the world, and somehow as I get older, it is turning into a country of BIG BROTHER keeping an eye on its citizens, hmmmm, starting to sound like THE MOVIE ENEMY OF THE STATE...where THE GOVT., NSA keeps tabs on everyone electronically......I dont agree with that, nor their lies as to how HISPANIC people drain the economy since we are the ones that do the most labor intensive work for very little monies. I abhor and cried when I read what had taken place....at times me siento como que mi RAZA is always being blamed for all the ills of this country, but yet they forget WE WERE HERE FIRST....WHY NOT READ THE BOOK 'TESTEMONIO' this gives many interesting facts, iea major part of the southwest belonged as in MEXICO owned this land and the INDIANS the rest...then came the WHITE PEOPLE, we didnt ask them to cross the water but yet they did, many people forget.

peace out....
by pedro
Monday Nov 26th, 2007 4:55 PM
by writing that the graffiti was 'violent' you show that you don't support the freedom of expression. That's not violence. Violence is what the police did to those who had peacefully assembled.

Knocking out a fence to reveal the border and reassert the desire for connection with others despite national boundaries was not violent. It's violent when police attack unarmed people advocating for open borders.
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