Immediately installed, immediately evacuated. A new encampment of several hundred migrants installed at Place de la République, in Paris, Monday, November 23, was quickly dismantled in the evening by the police. The migrants had been wandering since the evacuation of a large exile camp last week in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis). Some of the roughly 500 blue tents began to be removed, sometimes with exiles still inside, to screams and hoots from activists and migrants barely hours after their installation.

Around 9:30 p.m., the camp was dismantled, while the exiles, association activists, elected officials and lawyers remained on site to demand emergency accommodation. “The constitution of such camps, organized by certain associations, is not acceptable. The Prefecture of Police therefore proceeded immediately to the dispersal of this illegal occupation of public space”, indicated in a joint statement the Prefecture of Police and that of the Ile-de-France region (Prif), which manages shelter operations.

“All people in need of accommodation are invited to come to the day centers where migrants are offered very regularly guidance towards accommodation solutions adapted to their situation”, added the Prif. “We do not respond to poverty with the baton. The shelter of the migrants of the camp of Saint-Denis remained in the street is urgent, essential, indisputable. It is in the honor of the French Republic”, reacted Delphine Rouilleault, general manager of France Terre Asile, association and operator of the State on the management of camps. “The only response from the authorities is force. And force, in times of health crisis, this is not acceptable”, adds Corinne Torre, head of Doctors Without Borders in France, also asking for accommodation.