Calais: a pro-migrant activist sentenced for contempt and rebellion during an evacuation

An activist from the Auberge des Migrants association received a suspended fine. Among other things, she had resisted her arrest and treated a CRS as a “Nazi”.

A volunteer from a migrant aid association was found guilty of contempt and rebellion on May 11 by the court in Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), during the dismantling of a migrant camp. January 4 in Calais.

The 25-year-old young woman, a member of the “Auberge des migrants” association, was sentenced on Wednesday to a suspended fine of 500 euros for having verbally and physically opposed this operation, carried out under the authority of the prefect. She had compared a CRS to a “Nazi, policeman of the 1940s, and fascist” before “struggling during the arrest”, recalled the president of the court, referring to the minutes written by the complainant.

A collective insult according to his lawyer

Asked about the facts during the hearing, the defendant remained silent. “There were two sections of CRS during the operation,” explained his lawyer, Me Olivier Tresca, who pleaded for release. “The invectives were not aimed personally at a police officer, but were addressed to the hundred or so police officers present during this intervention.”

“These are outrageous remarks, which undermine the dignity and respect due to the police in the exercise of their function”, estimated the public prosecutor, requesting 6 months of suspended prison sentence accompanied by a citizenship course. The court finally took into account the defendant’s clean criminal record, sentencing her to a simple suspended financial sentence.

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