French Police Expell Migrants from Central Paris Square

Clashes broke out between migrants and French police after hundreds of migrant tents in Paris’ Place de la République were forcefully dismantled.

Clashes broke out between migrants and French police after hundreds of migrant tents in Paris’ Place de la République were forcefully dismantled.

“Today an encampment was installed illegally in Paris’s Place de la Republique square. Police immediately proceeded with the evacuation of this illegal occupation of public space,” announced the Paris police on Twitter. 

Footage circulating social media have shown police hitting and grabbing migrants while some; threw people out of their tents.

Police said the tents had been set up without official permission and said it was an “illegal occupation of public space.”

French interior minister Gérard Darmanin said some of the images of the dispersal was shocking for him.

“Some of the images of the dispersion of the illegal migrant camp at Place de la République are shocking,” Darmanin said on Twitter.

Ian Brossat, who advises the Paris mayor on housing, emergency accommodation, and refugee protection said they were not allowed to oversee the dismantling operations.

Aside from the refugees, journalists were also subjected to violence from the police during the dismantling ops.

Rémy Buisine, a reporter with the online news website Brut, claimed he was attacked three times by the same police officer despite showing his press pass. 


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