French police violently dismantled a makeshift migrant camp in the heart of Paris overnight, clashing with migrants and activists.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin tweeted that some of the scenes were “shocking”, and ordered the police to provide a full report on their actions. Dozens of small tents were removed from Place de la République, with occupants sometimes being tipped out by police. The homeless migrants say they are forced to live on the streets. Volunteers had joined the migrants and, linking arms, the crowd – several hundred strong – chanted “papers for all, accommodation for all!” when police moved in. Police later used tear gas and chased people through the streets, using batons to hit some of them. The new makeshift camp in the centre of the capital appeared a week after police had dismantled a bigger, illegal migrant campsite near the French national sports stadium in northern Paris. “They are too violent,” lamented Shahbuddin, a 34-year-old Afghan, quoted by AFP news agency. “We just want a roof.” Ian Brossart, a Paris city hall official overseeing housing, condemned the “law and order response to a social situation”.
Source BBC News, https://is.gd/O1KVgE