Paris : resistance to police controls and expulsion grows, a street riot

 
In a worrying move for the Sarkozy police, opposition grows far beyond the circle of activists. A street riot erupted on tuesday when police started again to embark "sans papier" ("illegal" immigrants) at "Chateau-Rouge" in central Paris. As this had been going on for weeks [photographs], alerts were again promptly posted on Paris Indymedia, but this time, activists who had been able to go there to protest were happily surprised to find support from the local population, who joined in action, so much so that the police could only retreat.

[ A photographic report on '20 Minutes' ]

People have been shocked recently by the brutal treatment of "sans-papiers", and also the repression campaign that followed on the three dramatic building fires of this summer in Paris [photographs], killing mainly immigrants : people continue to be brutally expelled by the police from supposedly insecure building, without prior notice. These are not squats (repression against squats is also accelerating of course) but flats were people pay rent, in some cases have lived there over 48 years, to be left one morning in the street with nothing more that the next night offered.
This opposition not only challenges Sarkozy and his UMP ruling party, but also the Socialist Party who rules in Paris with mayor Delanoe, and the green party who happens to be in charge of social housing for Delanoe are is severely bashed by the activists.

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le bon url pour les photos

anarcat 08.Oct.2005 20:32

les photos de la rafle sont ici

local population ...

mc 13.Oct.2005 18:29

If one looks at the photoreport, it becomes clear that the lauded "street riot" comprising of "local population" looks remarkably like a group of illegals driving off the cops, rather than some generalised *broad* rebellion against the police. And that would make sense, given that the cops would probably try to set their snares in an immigrant neighbourhood first; it's no wonder the folks there don't like the idea of carefully enforced immigration laws. However, this sheds no light on what the average French voter thinks of the matter. In fact, one could argue that the cops are actually the physical incarnation of the public opinion about the illegals. Democracy can produce such cognitively dissonant outcomes, and it always amuses me to see the "activist" community twist themselves into knots trying to work things out.

thanx

thanker 18.Oct.2005 01:28

thanx mc for your very "constructive" commentary - i guess people are doing their best to contain such an agressive eviction of migrants - and the conflict is there visible, instead of having been done, this eviction, without any public knowledge - that resistance, even when little, is still something - in spain, because of these news been spread, we are able to connect, if you just think about it a bit, this agressions in france with the beating and shooting and killing of african migrants in the south european frontier - - that's something to start with, stablish connections between little responses to great conflicts here and there, cause we are just at the beggining of a huge transnational conflict/struggle, the migrant question, which is gonna evolve in the next (many) years, and will for sure take many different shapes...

all positive commentaries, even --above all-- positive criticism, are always wellcome in order to construct opposition and rebellion everywhere - cynical commentaries on how easy and infantil activists are, dont go further, and in fact they re-inforce conformism and right-wing conservatism - wanna know what middle-class voters think about the situation in france? you go ask them - to start with, i prefer to know to know how the actual conflict evolve, how activists were able or not to stop evictions, what their experience is, what we can do anywhere else, how do we learn little by little from experiences of migrant resistence everywhere...

more thanx - to those "infantil" activists in france struggling for migrants' rights everywhere - all my support to you -

NOBORDER NONATIONS NODEPORTATIONS!!

NOONE IS ILLEGAL!!

The people, united, will never be defeated

Ace Fiend 10.Nov.2005 18:47

I think our world could use a bit more democracy. I dont feel that I have much personal say in matters here in Canada. I think this political system resembles a republic more than a true democracy.

Power to the peaceful.

Not just Paris: other cities & Lyon as well!!!

stay tuned we need your support!!!!!! 11.May.2007 12:22


EVERYDAY SINCE MAY 6 (the elections here in france) 30 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PASSING THROUGH COMPARUTION IMMEDIATE IN LYON AND ARE BEING IMPRISONED FOR A MIN. 2 - 6 MONTHS (PRISON FERME) FOR HAVING SUPPOSEDLY PARTICIPATED IN THE RIOTING AFTER THE ELECTIONS. TODAY 5 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME, A SQUAT IN VILLEURBANE, AND ARRESTED UNDER SUSPICION OF HAVING BURNED THE OFFICE OF THE UMP (SARKOZY'S POLITICAL PARTY). THEY WILL BE PASSING IN FRONT OF THE PROCURER TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AT 2 P.M., COMPARUTION IMMEDIATE, AND RISK LONG PRISON SENTENCES FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY DID NOT DO.

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED!!!! THE REPRESSION OF SARKO'S REGIME CONTINUES!!!!!! PLEASE LOOK AT WWW.REBELLYON.INFO FOR MORE INFO.

I WILL TRY TO TRANSLATE SOME INFOS DURING THE COMING DAYS

XOXO