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Mainstream Media Press Release: 'No Borders Camp' Week-of-Action Ends in Border Patrol Attacking Protest

by no borders camp participants
The following press release was sent out to mainstream media contacts to raise awareness about the violent response of the U.S. Border Patrol to a peaceful demonstration held yesterday at the Calexico Port of Entry.
For Immediate Release: 11/11/07
Personal accounts and photos can be found at:
[En español abajo/ Text in Spanish below]

'No Borders Camp' Week-of-Action Ends in Border Patrol Attacking Protest

Calexico, CA--At the end of a week-long bi-national camp at the Calexico/Mexicali border, Border Patrol officers attacked a rally at the Mexicali/Calexico port of entry. Around 100 Border Patrol officers assaulted a group of about 30 demonstrators on the U.S. side with pepper gas pellets, tazers, and batons. Several people were beaten and arrested; more suffered from the use of chemical weapons.

As people attempted to disperse, the border patrol chased and detained groups of them, forcing them to their knees with their hands on their heads. 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.

More than 500 people participated in the No Borders Camp during the week of November 7-11. The bi-national camp out was billed as a networking forum for activists opposed to the militarization of the border. Previous No Borders Camps have taken place in Europe and Australia.

Activities 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 migrants who've died crossing the border are buried. All activities during the camp were peaceful and intended to build connections across borders. Sunday's march was meant to culminate the border camp.

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Para Difusion Inmediata: 11/11/07
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Semana-de-Acciones del 'Campamento en Contra de las Fronteras' Acaba con la Patrulla Fronteriza Atacando Protestantes

Calexico, CA- Al final de una semana larga de campamento bi-nacional en la frontera de Mexicali/ Calexico, oficiales de la frontera atacaron una manifestacion en el punto de entrada de Mexicali/Calexico. Alrededor de 100 oficiales de la frontera asaltaron a un grupo de alrededor de 30 protestantes en el lado del EEUU con balas de gases lagrimogenos, "tazers" shokes elektricos, y batones. Varias personas fueron golpeados y arrestados: or@s sufrieron del uso de de armas cimicas.

Cuando personas empesaron a dispersarse, la patrulla fronteriza los persigio y detuvo un grupo de ellos, forzandolos a sus rodillas con sus manos en sus cabezas. En un caso, una persona severamente golpeada a distania cecana por ballas de gas lagrimogenos fueron persiguidos fuera del conflicto, arebatado de un amigo que le estaba ayudando con su herida, lo acoralaron y golpeado con batones en la cabeza por lo menos de 15 agentes del la patrulla frontera. Tod@s que fueron detenids temporales en la calle ya han sido sueltos.

Mas de 500 personas participaron en el Campamento Contra las Fronteras durante la semana del 7-11 de Noviembre. El campamento bi-nacional fue describido como un sitio para intercambio para activistas que se oponen a la militarizacion de la frontera. Previos Campamentos en Contra de la Frontera han tomado lugar en Europa y Australia.

Durante el campamento actividades incluieron una manifestacion y marcha el 9 de Noviembre en el centro de detencion de Inmigracion y Aduana en el Centro, CA y un servicio memorial fue hecha en el cementerio de Holtville, CA donde estan enterados los restos de migrantes que han muerto al cruzar la frontera. Todas las actividades durante el campamento fueron no-violentas y intencionadas para incrementar conecciones por las fronteras. La marcha el domingo fue propuesta para ser el culminacion del campamento de la frontera.

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