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Clashes between illegal migrants and police erupt at Place de la République, Paris. Screenshot from Twitter

Massive demo for illegals held in Paris despite police ban

A massive demonstration in favor of clandestine migrants, prohibited by the Paris police headquarters because of anti-Covid measures, was held in Paris, bringing together several thousand people. Clashes eventually broke out.

Published: May 31, 2020, 10:06 am

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    Île-de-France remains one of the most active centers of the epidemic in France. Despite this, a demonstration to show solidarity with undocumented migrants was held on Saturday May 30 in the streets of the capital, in defiance of health precautions. The Paris police headquarters had banned it, citing the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

    The ban clearly had no effect, since several thousand mostly Africans took part in this “march of solidarity” relayed by 210 organisations and some 300 personalities, according to a text posted on social networks, 20 Minutes reported.

    The organisers demanded the regularization of undocumented migrants and a review of French migration policy, in addition to the closure of administrative detention centers.

    From Place de la Madeleine, the demonstration headed for Place de la République, where thousands of demonstrators held up their signs demanding papers for everyone.

    Clashes eventually broke out between demonstrators and police, who fired tear gas and made 92 arrests. Many political leaders were indignant that such a demonstration could take place in the current health situation.

    Slogans stating “police are assassins” were displayed during the march in Paris, echoing those in the race riots taking place across the US in major cities for the fifth consecutive night. MP Eric Ciotti denounced the “call to hatred against the police”.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Who was the mastermind (person or group) behind this event? It is hard to tell, due to the tactics used by those who organized and directed this illegal demonstration, and who also probably encouraged the subsequent confrontation with the police and civil unrest. There were a lot of groups involved, perhaps to make it difficult for the police and courts to determine who should be held responsible for arrest and prosecution, or who may have provided funding and other support. The event was organized in a relatively short time by at least 195 pro-mass migration NGOs and other groups, using social media. French media, citing some participants in the event, claim it had up to 5,500 demonstrators, although that is probably a very high estimate.


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