How and why central Paris shut down its last major refugee camp
The evacuation began at 5.30am on Friday 23 October when police entered the grounds and began directing the inhabitants towards the 26 buses waiting to take them to various areas of accommodation in Paris and elsewhere in France. By 9.30am, all roads surrounding the building had been blocked by at least 500 officers wearing full riot protection. One refugee, Ibrahim, discussed his shock at the volume of people exiting the building; despite living there for one month he had no idea this many people were cohabiting inside. [...]
Despite earlier pledges to the refugees to rehouse them, there were allegedly at least 100 people unhoused by the end of the operation, many of whom I’ve seen sleeping in parks or streets near the Jean-Quarré site. Wherever these people now find themselves, what is clear is that they are not welcome in central Paris – not on this scale, at least.