Tuesday evening, saw a massive eviction of Paris’s Porte de la Chapelle urban camp. According to Paris Refugee Ground Support (Warning Facebook Link), hundreds were brought to gymnasiums to get out of the cold overnight — but hundreds more were left behind to fend for themselves.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
This is not a simple gesture of mercy by any means — Solidarité Migrants Wilson (Warning Facebook Link) notes that once news media left the scene, police began to check people’s documents, move people out of the area, and systematically destroy the tents left behind.
FranceBleu has more information here (in French).
A volunteer from Solidarité Migrants Wilson testified:
“I’m coming back from the scene following the umpteenth red alert of this crazy day! So this time the story is: the #villedeparis came back to throw out the pallets that the refugees were starting fires with (because fire = danger… but also, fire=life when it’s so cold!), and by the way, the city employees also tossed a few dozen tents on the east side and then left.
A national police courier arrived right after, we approached to try our luck and understand a little bit of what was going on — they didn’t understand any more than we did. When it comes to police, I’ve seen everything since we started, but here, luckily, they were the nicest of all! Nice, and thus, like all those who possess a bit of cranial material, disgusted with all this nonsense, this inhumane policy (towards migrants) that’s also so expensive.
A car loaded with food passed, and all the refugees rushed to get a chance to eat a little, because with all of this, nobody has had anything in their belly since yesterday, and the cold is biting! Those who returned from their mandatory OFII meeting found that they had no more tents…A crazy day, and tonight, the snow returns…”
See more photos of the situation at Porte de la Chapelle here (Warning Facebook Link) .
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