Paris Police Clear Sprawling Roma Camp at City’s Edge
French Justice sided with the national railway authority SNCF and ordered the clearing of a place belonging to the SNCF on which a large shantytown inhabited by hundreds of Roma used to stand, on the edge of Paris, near Porte de Clignancourt. Sanitary and safety concerns appear to have been at core of the decision.
The expulsion went quietly on Wednesday morning as almost half of the population of this camp had left before the police arrival.
However, NGO’s, including Amnesty international, contest this expulsion taking place during the winter break and going against the building of a lasting housing solution for these Roma inhabitants.
Several associations, that had managed to mobilize the residents, had planned to improve the infrastructures of the camp concerning water and heating supplies. These projects aimed to fight against discriminations experienced by Roma to integrate in the French society, to find jobs and to enable the children to go to school.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan