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Migrants occupy a Parisian school to demand their shelter


At the beginning of the afternoon, these exiles, who say they have been forgotten by the recent accommodation operations, especially after the dismantling in November, took over this abandoned establishment on Erlanger Street for two years.

About 300 migrants occupied Sunday afternoon a former nursery school in the 16th arrondissement of Paris to demand their shelter "

from the cold and the epidemic

", noted an AFP journalist.

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At 1:30 p.m., these exiles, who say they have been forgotten by recent accommodation operations, particularly in the wake of the violent dismantling of Place de la République in November, took over this abandoned establishment on rue Erlanger for two years, according to the authorities. associations Utopia56, Right to housing (DAL) and coordination of undocumented migrants (CSP) 75, at the origin of the initiative.


The objective is not to stay there, it is to obtain a shelter for these people left

behind," Yann Manzi, founder of Utopia56, explained to AFP, explaining that the nursery school dilapidated, whose ceiling is partially gutted, is one of the 489 places reported as free to the State for sheltering, as part of the "

collective requisition

" set up by the three associations.

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Since 2:30 p.m., the police are on site in front of the school, where the migrants are barricaded.

Abbas Asghari, 25, blue down jacket and gloves, arrived in France a month ago, is there because he has "

nowhere else to go


It's been four days since the police tore up my tent outside and won't let me sleep anywhere.

So I hope that this will change things and that I will be able to sleep in the warmth

”, explains under the playground of the nursery school this young Afghan who came to seek asylum in France.

Maty, a 42-year-old Senegalese woman who works as a cleaning lady and who "gets

up very early

", is also hoping for an accommodation solution for her and her daughter who is passing the baccalaureate this year.

It has to change.

They have to know what we are going through


At the end of November, several hundred migrants had set up a camp in the center of Paris on the Place de la République to request their shelter.

The brutal dismantling of their facilities had provoked an outcry and the opening of two investigations into police officers for “



Source: lefigaro

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