The end of hell?
Support for people in absolute distress?
Whatever the point of view, and the two visions are compatible, this Friday morning, the police headquarters decided to evacuate drug addicts from rue Riquet, in Paris (19th century).
For weeks, with the closure of the garden of Eole, the "crackeux" had taken possession of the sidewalks.
"Here, clean that up", yells a passer-by, at the end of his patience, who discovers the surprise operation of the police shortly before 10 am.
"I've lived in Paris for 30 years and it's still like that"
They are a hundred crack users to wander, some already haggard, to challenge the residents, to berate each other at a time when families, young people are on their way to school, college or high school .
“Finally, it had become hell, dirty and dangerous.
But I am waiting to see.
The drug dealers are historically in Stalingrad, so the junkies will come back.
I've lived in Paris for 30 years and it's always like that ”, asserts a resident who contemplates the scene.
The evacuation continues calmly pic.twitter.com/7qSJ9SVAet
- Florent Hélaine (@flohelaine) September 24, 2021
On the City side, we had planned a press conference this Friday noon to request the evacuation.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) of Paris, traveling to Germany, was not informed of the operation like her first deputy Emmanuel Grégoire, who will be there very quickly.
It is almost 10:30 a.m. when the first buses, with drug addicts on board, leave rue Riquet in the direction of the Porte de la Villette and its square (19th century), just in front of the Paris Event Center, a few meters from the Glazart and within reach of Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis).
Residents breathe while waiting for the speeches of elected officials.