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Sun Nov 11 2007 (Updated 11/17/07)
Border Patrol Attacks Demonstrators as No Borders Camp Closes
Hundreds Gather in Calexico / Mexicali to Advocate a World Without Borders
On the evening of November 11th, participants in the first No Borders Camp on the US-Mexico border dismantled the camp and marched west on either side of what has become a 15 foot wall dividing Mexicali (Mexico) and Calexico (United States), converging on the port of entry to protest the militarized border. The demonstration was peaceful until the US Border Patrol, without giving an order to disperse or other warning, brutally attacked those on the US side with point-blank rounds of pepper-spray pellets, batons, and swarm tactics, leaving several badly injured. This event was the final action of the No Borders Camp, and came after a week of peaceful confrontation and resistance to the border system.

The Border Patrol made three arrests: Steve Murphy, Erik Wackernagel and Juan Ruiz. Murphy and Wackernagel were released on November 14th after being held in the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California. Ruiz is being charged with two counts of assaulting a federal officer. 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'. Further support and solidarity information is available at NoBordersCamp.org.

More than 500 people participated in the No Borders Camp during the week of November 7-11. Actions during the camp included a rally and march on November 9 at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Centro, CA and a memorial service on November 10 at a cemetery in Holtville, CA where the remains of about 600 migrants who have died crossing the border are buried. All activities during the camp were peaceful and intended to build connections across borders.

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more info / más info: San Diego Indymedia | No Borders Camp | Centro de Medios Libres | Regeneracion Radio


More Coverage of November 5th - 11th:
imc_article.gif Text: Comuncado del Campamento Contra las Fronteras | Communique from the No Borders Camp | Day One Zine | Segundo Comunicado | Day 1 | 2nd Letter from Mexico Side (w/ photos) | Another Day deleting borders | Comunique 2 from the NBC (South side) | Day One & Two Update (w/ photos) | Much Ado About Breakfast!: Update 11/9 | Blogger's Dispatch from a Borderless World | Breaking News from Nov. 9 | Base Camp No Borders! | No Borders Landscape | Rally and March Against I.C.E. and Border Partrol In El Centro and Calexico / Mexicali | comunicado 3 del lado sur del campamento | Comunique 3 from No Borders Camp south-side | Day Two Zine | Blogger's Second Dispatch from a Borderless World | Day Three Zine | 'Borders & Ecology' workshop | Autonomous Action Against Border Wall Construction Company

imc_photo.gif Photos: NoBc First Day/ Primer Día de Sin Fronteras | Day One | day 2 | Nov 8 | Day 2 | From the NBC | Day One, Two and Three | sin fronteras / without borders | Day 3 - Breakfast Standoff and ICE Detention Center | from the Border | Desayuno at NBC | Demo at ICE Detention Center | Surveillance at El Centro Protest | Art from the U.S. Side | Fotos del campamento | Link to more photos | the Cemetery

imc_audio.gif Audio: Conversations at the Wall | From the NBC: What It Is And Where We Are | From the Mexicali IMC | Breakfast at the Border | Interview with NBC Participant

imc_video.gif Video: video from day 1 | NBC Solidarity Statement | Nov. 10 | The Week In Context | The Start, Nov. 7 | Binacional Breakfast Standoff

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