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Canada In Paris, a “Solidarity March” with undocumented migrants

06:00  31 may  2020
06:00  31 may  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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In the Opéra district of Paris , police use tear gas on several occasions to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of the " Solidarity March ", to defend the rights of undocumented migrants exposed to coronavirus in detention centres.

In the Opéra district of Paris , police use tear gas on several occasions to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of the " Solidarity March ", to defend the rights of undocumented migrants exposed to coronavirus in detention centres.

Marche des Solidarités à Paris le samedi 30 mai 2020. © Stephane LAGOUTTE Solidarity March in Paris on Saturday May 30, 2020. Despite the ban by the police headquarters, the event organizers have maintained their call to parade in the capital, as in several cities in France, denouncing the effects of the health crisis for migrants.

"It is necessary to regularize the undocumented," shouts François-Michel Lambert, deputy (Liberties and Territories, ex-group LREM) of Bouches-du-Rhône. This Saturday around 1:30 p.m., on the Place de la Madeleine in Paris, the "Solidarity March" has barely started and hundreds of people have already gathered. Despite the ban on gatherings of more than ten people in force under the state of health emergency, the 195 organizations - associations, unions, undocumented migrants' groups - behind this initiative have maintained their appeal, subject to instructions to wear a mask and maintain physical distance along the route. For migrants, "the current health crisis is becoming a veritable health bomb", they denounce in a joint press release, which calls in particular for regularizing all undocumented migrants, opening the right to partial unemployment, and close the administrative detention centers (CRA).

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In the Opéra district of Paris , police use tear gas on several occasions to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of the " Solidarity March ", to defend the rights of undocumented migrants exposed to coronavirus in detention centres.

In the Opéra district of Paris , police use tear gas on several occasions to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of the " Solidarity March ", to defend the rights of undocumented migrants exposed to coronavirus in detention centres.

Masks on the nose, the demonstrators crowd to listen to the speech of MP Lambert. Chabane asked them to "respect the safety distances". This is the first time that this 37-year-old Algerian, who arrived in France two years ago, has gone to a demonstration of this kind. Before confinement, he lived on odd jobs paid in cash. But these days, he has no income. This is what made him decide to come and parade: "We just want to live like everyone else, and to be respected," he claims.

"We are blocked"

Chabane is not the only undocumented migrant to take part in a demonstration for the first time. The procession - part of which also sprang from the Opera district, where the police tried to prevent the departure by using tear gas - moved quickly but calmly towards the Place de la République, and keeps getting bigger. According to the Paris police headquarters, the march brought together 5,500 people. "I have never seen so many people at a demonstration in support of undocumented migrants," said Alhousseyni, a Senegalese who is used to this kind of gathering. “Without partial unemployment, we are stranded. We can't work, ”sighs the man who, before the health crisis, cleaned windows for a few euros.

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Several thousand undocumented migrants and supporters took part in a ' solidarity march ' despite a ban by the police prefecture, to call for the "regularisation" of undocumented migrants who Police disperse protesters near Place de la République in Paris after an illegal demonstration.

Several thousand undocumented migrants and supporters took part in a ' solidarity march ' despite a ban by the police prefecture, to call for the "regularisation" of undocumented migrants who Police disperse protesters near Place de la République in Paris after an illegal demonstration.

Place de la République, Adoulayé's leaflets leave like hotcakes. The young man of 26, from Mali, is part of the Baras collective, which brings together undocumented migrants from Bagnolet and Montreuil, in Seine-Saint-Denis, and has recently become an association. "It's nice to see people," he says. I have been trying to get papers for seven years. The prefecture made me go back and forth for years, only to say that I would not get them ... "He denounces a critical situation since the beginning of the health crisis:" The majority of the members of our association have not yet returned to work. ”

First summons

While he is speaking, the Place de la République fills up. About fifty demonstrators mounted the statue and the security forces wereted no time in giving their first summons. A little out of the way, Sami, a surgical mask on the face, summarizes the reasons which led his association, AFD International, to organize this event. "The March of Solidarity has existed for three years, it brings together many associations and collectives around the issues of migrant rights, the right to housing, the fight against police violence," he explains. This year, the consequences of the health crisis pushed more people to hit the streets. "There are many different nationalities and many families," said Sami.

While he explains that the demonstration was banned by the police headquarters two days earlier, he is interrupted by tear gas, followed by a load of mobile gendarmes. Protesters leave the square quickly. At 5 p.m., the skateboarders returned to the esplanade. A little further down, boulevard Magenta, the police arrest the last demonstrators. At the end of the day, the prefecture of police reported 92 arrests. The organizers are calling for a new parade on June 20.

Ulrike Ottinger looks back in “Paris Calligrammes” .
Ulrike Ottinger lived as a young painter in Paris in the 1960s - and now looks back at that time in a documentary. In «Paris Calligrammes» she mixes archive material with her own artistic and film works. © Photo: Privat / RealFiction Filmverleih / dpa Ulrike Ottinger in front of her picture “Allen Ginsberg” (Paris, 1966). She weaves her own memories of the Paris Bohe? Me and the serious social, political and cultural changes of the time into a cinematic "figure poem" (calligram).

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