- Sunday 27 November, 3 AM in front of the Grande Arche at La Défense: Police in uniform and in civilian dress, without provocation, beat numerous citizens whom they had just awakened and destroyed an art work constructed by the Occupiers.
The result: One broken arm and a number of camp members with contusions.
To celebrate the third week of occupation on the Parvis de La Défense, the Paris Occupiers (Indigné‑e‑s – Indignadxs) had organized a release of balloons with symbolic cheques attached.
A Declaration of Presence for one week had been filed with the police Prefecture and was shown to the police inspector, who did not challenge it.
Despite the prohibition against allowing anything to enter the camp that might provide aid and comfort, Occupiers succeeded in bringing in the components of a structure prepared by artists and students as a contribution to the Occupy movement. Erection of the Dome – a work of art made of cardboard, five meters in diameter – was complete at 7 PM.
In the afternoon bands had played, and a concert was given in the evening, in an atmosphere of good fellowship. Approximately 200 persons, including families, attended.
At the end of the evening, those present on the Parvis were the target of verbal and physical provocation by police.
At approximately 3:30 in the morning, police forces made up of gendarmes mobiles and CRS riot police (approximately one hundred men) charged the camp, where 70 Occupiers were asleep, without prior warning. A group of 30 to 40 police had entered the camp during the preceding minutes.
The CRS destroyed the dismantlable work of art and the kitchen area.
A peaceful human chain was then formed by the campers.
Police in civilian dress took over from the uniformed officers and violently attacked most of the Occupiers, as said uniformed officers voiced approval. According to witnesses, their faces were half-hidden.
They also stole telephones and cameras that were being used to film them and made threats.
Some ten Occupiers were beaten, some repeatedly.
Last night, peace officers again attacked peaceful occupiers, but also a work of art!
In the face of this renewed abuse by the police, The Indigné‑e‑s, who remain citizens first and foremost, will file a new class-action suit and compile a collection of audiovisual records of the actions of the night of 26-27 November.
We urge everyone to bear witness and send written contributions, photos and video firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victims and witnesses can also file charges collectively or give evidence of the facts in view of a second class-action suit following the procedure outlined at: http://paris.reelledemocratie.com/node/709
On 10 December, we are organizing a march in Paris from the Place de Clichy (2 PM) to the Place Stalingrad for dancing and a People’s General Assembly.
We are curious to know what welcome the Ministry of the Interior is planning for us on International Human Rights Day…
Paris Occupation – Dome Update: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1295
News of the Paris Occupation – November 25 & 26: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1271
Paris Occupation Update for 11/23/11: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1070
Paris Occupation Update – November 21: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1030
News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=779
News of the Paris Occupation 11-9-11: http://99getsmart.com/?p=805
Update: News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=873
Occupy La Défense, Paris: http://99getsmart.com/?p=791