The essentials A new migrant camp was set up on the Place de la République in Paris.
The tents reappeared on the Place de la République in the heart of Paris this Thursday evening. The occupation is said to be peaceful and to accommodate 300 women, men and children on the streets. Several associations are on the initiative of this movement. They come to support the people in exile, almost four months after a similar operation that ended with heavy police intervention.
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“We are returning to the Place de la République because it is a symbolic place and because nothing has really changed since the last action and there are still so many people on the street,” said Kerill Theurillat, Paris manager. Utopia 56, one of the associations behind the operation.
In a press release, the prefects of the police and the Île-de-France region condemned this militant action. “Such a gathering in the midst of a health crisis is completely irresponsible,” they said.
You are around 300 to occupy the Place de la République. Mainly from Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa, they pitched the tents in a relaxed atmosphere. The installation took place shortly before the curfew began and around 400 were used.
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The action was launched on the occasion of the “Night of Solidarity”, a census of the homeless that the associations took advantage of to “request their immediate, stable and decent housing,” according to their joint statement.
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