Punishing solidarity. The crime of solidarity at the land and sea borders of the European Union.
This article analyzes how judicial prosecution for “solidarity crimes” has been exercised against different civil society actors. The analysis is based on three cases studied ethnographically: the cases of Cedric Herrou, of Bastien (of the so-called “Three of Briançon”) and of the sea rescue NGO PROEM-AID. Throughout the article, the differentiated application of prosecution is shown in the context of land borders (between France and Italy) and maritime borders (Aegean Sea). It is argued that the practices of judicial prosecution can be analyzed from the paradigm of the spectacle, understanding prosecution as a concrete technique within the broader processes of the “politics of exhaustion”.
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