Police have evacuated a refugee tent camp in Paris in a place steeped in history. More than 100 people had been staying at the camp in Place de la Bastille since late May, trying to obtain unaccompanied refugee minor status, the prefecture police said Friday.
The eviction was due to disturbances of public order and health reasons. The camp for disabled people in the district. There was also an outbreak of scabies. The refugees were therefore taken to other neighborhoods where they should be cared for, it said.
Aid organization criticizes authorities
Aid agency Utopia 56, which had registered the camp as a permanent demonstration to the authorities and is meeting the needs of the refugees, criticized the authorities’ hesitant action in other makeshift camps in the city. There, countless refugees lived in health-problem conditions, whose fate has not yet been clarified, it was said.
In Paris and on the outskirts, there are always tent camps with refugees who are regularly evicted by the authorities, but then new camps are constantly being formed in which migrants live in tents in precarious conditions.