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In case of arrest

Wednesday 9 January 2013

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In case of arrest:

If you are arrested, alert the people around you so they can inform the legal team.

If you witness an arrest,

call the number of the legal team which is on this flyer, and give: a physical description of the person arrested aswell as the clothes they are wearing, aswell as the time, the circumstances and place of the arrest. Never give any name over the telephone, nor any kind of information about the crimes maybe commited (for example: “my friend was doing a tag...”). If nobody answers, leave a message with the information so we can call you back later. The legal number is to be used exclusively to centralise informations about the arrests and to organise support (look for people at the police station, prepare defence for a trial...). Its important to remember to call the legal team once you or one of your friends are released from the police station.

At the police station:

Either you will be kept up to 4 hours which means it is a siple ID control, or otherwise during your first hour at the station the cops will tell you that they are going to keep you in custody (garde-a-vue). This could last up to 24hours, and can be renewed for another 24 hours (except in cases of antiterrorism, which can last up to 96 hours). As soon as the police inform you of your custody, you legally have the right to see a doctor (even if you’re not taking any medications, even if you weren’t injured or beaten during the arrest). You can also ask to call a close friend or family, but it’s the police who actually make the phone call, so be careful. A lawyer, with whom you are normally given atleast 30minutes to speak in private, may also be present during any interrogations if you request. If you don’t know the name of a lawyer, you will be given an office/police lawyer (commis d’office). You also have the right to have a translator present during any official interrogations. If there are a lot of you in the police station, its advised to leave the friendly/close lawyers for the people who risk to get the heaviest charges/have tricky legal situation. The lawyer is not necessarily a complice, you’re not obliged to say anything to him/her, nor to trust them. Its up to you to decide your strategy of defence and your attitude in front of the police.

Strategies of Resistance and Non-Cooperation.

To slow down the work of the police, some people refuse to declare everything, including their names, nationality, birthdate etc. Others declare the strict minimum (first name, surname, place and date of birth). Holding your silence is a right. During your interrogation, you can reply “I have nothing to declare” (which is different to saying “I don’t know anything” which in the end is a declaration in itself). The more its practiced collectively, the strategy of keeping silent is easier to maintain and more efficient. Whatever strategy you choose, never give any information about the other people arrested, nor about any action. We never rat out anybody else, and no matter what the cops say, opening your mouth will not reduce the length of your custody, and could also complicate your defence in front of the judge. You can refuse to sign any documents they show you (statements, resume of interrogations...). To sign is to acknowledge that everything has gone smoothly with the cops. You can refuse the ID photos, fingerprints and DNA samples. Even if to refuse is considered a minor crime in itself, refusing police profiling is also a political position.

Number of the ZAD Legal Team 06 75 30 95 45 Memorise the name of a lawyer known by the Legal Team

During an Action:

You are not obliged to posess or to have an ID on you. Many people here refuse to give their ID. While refusing may increase the risk of being taken in for up to 4hours for an ID control, but used as a collective strategy it complicates the work of the police and can allow you and others to stay anonymous.

Remember to have on you the contact of a lawyer and the legal team, and any medications you might be taking and/or a prescription (warning: prescription has your name on it).

Watch out if you have on you: illegal drugs, weapons (swiss army knife, opinel...), even glass bottles and stones; phone numbers and adresses which may be kept to feed police profiling.

Against the gas: physiological saline to rinse the eyes; lemon, vinegar or Maloox to put on your mask and skin; swimming goggles as protection. You’ll breathe easier.

In case of a police charge: don’t panic, stay together, never leave anybody isolated in order to avoid arrests (its more difficult for the cops to pull an individual out of a solid group). Remember to keep an eye on the group, as those who have ore trouble following the group are more likely to get caught. Making a block gives us strength, try to stay with people you know and trust, also so if someone gets arrested the others can inform the legal team.

In case of injury: surround the injured person and keep an eye on the cops. Call out “MEDIC” also saying the position of the injured person. There are medic teams on the ZAD. If you hear someone call out “MEDIC”, relay the call and the position.

In case of road control:

Unless the cops have a special paper from the chief of police giving them extra searching rights: Only the driver is obliged to give their ID, the passengers are not obliged to declare their ID, nor to give their papers to the cops. The gendarmes and normal police are not allowed to search vehicles, they don’t have the same rights as customs\border police. If they ask you to open your boot, you can answer no.

If the pigs still want to control the Ids of the passengers and search the vehicle, you can demand that they let you read the documents which authorise them to do so; remember to verify the date. Such operations can officially only be carried out by an Officer of the Juridique Police (Officier de Police Judiciaire). Ask the cop who does the contro to show you his card (normally he has to) to prove that he actually has the right to carry out that kind of control. If you officially live in your vehicle, the cops need a special paper (commission rogatoire) to be able to do a search. During a collective departure on convoy, it is possible to collectively refuse controls; this has already been done and has worked. In such a situation, its important that some passengers get out of the vehicles to join the vehicle getting controlled. Whatever happens, the longer and more annoying the controls are for the cops, the ;ore likely it is that the cops get discouraged and give up....

Number of the ZAD Legal Team 06 75 30 95 45 Memorise a name of one of the lawyers known by the Legal Team