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Three migrant justice activists freed following hearing, demo in the French Alps: Délinquants solidaires to face human-smuggling-related charges

Around 200 people gathered under the midday sun on May 3 in a small green space between the Palais de Justice and the Conseil Général des Hautes-Alpes in the city of Gap in southeastern France. The demonstration coincided with a hearing for three young people – Bastien, Théo et Eléonora – who had been arrested and remained in custody [détention provisoire] following an April 22 rally near the mountain city of Briançon. Anti-fascists rallied on April 22 to assist the passage of around 30 migrants from Italy into France after far-right group Génération Identitaire constructed a human chain in the mountain to block what they call is an “invasion” of “unskilled” and “criminal” migrants.



1 Historical: During the English Civil War (c. 1649), one who favoured the abolition of all rank and privilege. Originally an insult, but later embraced by radical anti-Royalists.

2 One who tells the truth, as in “I’m going to level with you.”

3 An instrument that knocks down things that are standing up or digs up things that are buried or hidden.

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