N's friends, and witnesses, tell a different story. We cannot write more about what really happened at this moment, but we will do so soon. This morning (Monday 9) around 40 people demonstrated outside the police station in Calais. N was well loved. We hope to write more about his life soon as well, with full respect to all his family and friends. We will not let this death be forgotten.
The cover-up by state authorities and media accomplices of deaths in Calais is standard. Just to give another recent example, on December 22, another friend, Ismael, was found dead at the bottom of a bridge in central Calais. The police immediately closed the case, calling it suicide. They refused to allow his friends to see or identify the body, and refused an autopsy. Ismael's friends went twice to the police station asking to see his body and were twice refused and threatened with arrest by the immigration police (PAF) if they didn't leave. Only one white French friend was allowed in to identify him. There was no further investigation.
The border kills. We don't know how Ismail died. We have seen many times police chasing migrants off bridges, into canals, into the harbour. Bullets and clubs are not the only way to kill people. A fall from a bridge can kill just as well. Constant beatings and hunger can kill just as well. Years of fear and frustration and humiliation can kill just as well. These are the deaths that keep Europe's looted wealth safe from the foreigners.
Ni Oubli. Ni Pardon. (Don't forget. Don't forgive.)
There will be a further post to come soon.
Nord Littoral article (in French): http://www.nordlittoral.fr/actualite/la_une/2012/07/08/article_un_migrant_meurt_noye_a_calais_un_vol_de.shtml
The Calais Migrant Solidarity dossier detailing the extent of repression in Calais, "This Border Kills", can be downloaded here in English and French: http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/this-border-kills-our-dossier-of-violence/