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a former school briefly occupied to house migrant families – RT in French

In Rennes, members of a support collective for “exiled people” took over an unoccupied public school on October 16 in order to install migrants there on the sidelines of a demonstration. The police then intervened to dislodge the occupants.

On October 16, an inter-organization supporting “exiled people” took advantage of a declared demonstration that it was piloting to move away from the declared procession and occupy an abandoned public school in Rennes, according to information from West France and France Bleu.

This collective which defends “housing for all” chanted “solutions, places of shelter, empty housing exist: requisition!” and used the premises to house migrant families. “The places had been spotted before, but the action was not revealed until the last moment”, writes the newspaper. “Here, there is water and electricity, it is always better than the Gayeulles park”, argues one of the activists questioned by West France. 34 migrants settled down provisionally, people who wandered “between the 115 (the emergency accommodation system) and the Gayeulles [un parc où vivent dans des tentes plusieurs dizaines d’individus]», According to the local media.

The aim of the militants was to challenge the public authorities and the prefecture. According to a journalist on the spot, the police intervened to empty the old kindergarten. “Families are on the streets again,” the reporter tweeted.

This evacuation at the request of the town hall was carried out peacefully, according to France Bleu. In a press release, published by radio, the town hall explains the reasons for the police intervention: “The building currently occupied, which previously housed the Faux-Pont nursery school, is not suitable for accommodation and was assigned to associations. The City of Rennes, whose criminal liability is engaged in the event of occupation without right or title, requested the building to be evacuated. The City of Rennes has been strongly mobilized, for many years, to compensate for the shortage of places and the saturation of the national shelter system. As such, the City directly accommodates 950 people, every evening, even though the sheltering of people without accommodation is the exclusive responsibility of the State. It no longer has the logistical and financial capacity to offer additional places. ”

France bleu reports that a new rally is scheduled for October 18, in front of the town hall.

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