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Evacuation of Paris migrant camp turns into fiasco

The evacuation of a migrant camp from Porte d'Aubervilliers to Paris did not go as planned. The operation was to take place on Thursday morning at dawn.

Published: November 23, 2019, 8:16 am

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    And accused of inaction, the Prefecture of Police of Paris, has been blaming others instead.

    Actu Paris explained that according to a migrant defense association, the Collectif Solidarité migrants Wilson, “the evacuation was canceled at the last moment”.

    Volunteers who had arrived early on Thursday morning for the evacuation, after being warned at the last moment, saw a chaotic scene. “The ten buses of the regional prefecture and the two of the city of Paris have just left empty!”, testified a volunteer.

    According to the association, the buses had to take care of more than 200 migrants living in the camp, now one of the largest in Paris after the evacuation last month of 1 600 people from Porte de la Chapelle.

    Another association Utopia 56, said a misunderstanding resulted in 700 people massed in Aubervilliers in the cold. “Zero communication, police headquarters and Anne Hidalgo absent. Tense situation, some are trying to get on the buses. 7am: 1 bus filled but operation canceled … because the police will not come.”

    According to a journalist on site, only one bus left. The “security conditions were not met,” said the city of Paris. Actu Paris tried to reach the city as well as the regional prefecture, without getting an answer. The Paris police prefecture refers back to back the town hall and the prefecture. She confirmed “not to be involved” .

    Much misunderstanding was visible on the faces of the migrants according to the associations, since they were planning to board the buses. “There were people from the prefecture, but no security forces to supervise the evacuation, and they seemed a little lost. It’s really a big thing,” said Yann Manzi, co-founder of Utopia 56, in an interview with France Bleu Paris.

    According to an independent journalist also on the spot, the mayor of Paris mentioned a “disagreement” with the prefecture of police, more than a “lack of coordination”. But it is still not clear what had really happened.

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