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In Rennes, protesters try to requisition an abandoned school for exiles – Brittany




The participants in the rally, around 200 people, gathered around 3 p.m. on the Charles de Gaulle esplanade. They thus responded to the call of the inter-organization to support people in exile in Rennes. The demonstrators heard once again denounce the precarious conditions in which migrants have been living for nearly four months in a makeshift camp in the Gayeulles park in Rennes. “Associations, activists, compensate for the failings of the public authorities by providing tents, camping equipment, water, food … .. in order to make this place of misery, a minimum livable” underlines the collective.

” Nothing happens “

During the afternoon, the demonstration was joined by about 600 people from that of the “Pride, deter and solidarity”. The assembled demonstrators listened to the various speeches. “There are currently 41 people living in tents at Les Gayeulles, plus 34 others who go to 115 during the day and come back to sleep in tents at night. In addition there are 71 people accommodated in a center of the scouts of France in Thorigné-Fouillard “explains Camille member of Un toit c’est une droit which specifies” the winter break is coming. It is cold in the tents. Thorigné’s solution will not last forever. Nothing happens. The public authorities must wake up ”.

Police intervention

After having started to parade in the streets, the procession stopped at the level of the avenue Janvier. There, the militants gained an interior courtyard and invested the old school of the Faux-Pont, transferred last March to the Hotel Pasteur. The disused premises, which include four classrooms and toilets, were quickly occupied. “Our desire is above all to be able to put images on the situations of extreme precariousness that these families live. We also want to urge the prefecture and town hall to collaborate for the shelter of people. The goal is to make people sleep here until they are safe, ”explains Ludivine Colas, national coordinator of Utopia 56. In the end, Jean-François Monnier, the elected official of the town hall came on site , around 5:30 p.m., declare “There will be no police intervention”. But the relief was short lived. The town hall finally requested, around 6 pm, the evacuation of the premises “for security reasons” underlines the elected official. At around 7 p.m., the police and mobile gendarmes intervened calmly. After half an hour, the premises were empty again. Activists present at the exit of the building, shouted at this decision of the town hall and called for a rally of support Monday at 6 p.m. in front of the town hall. Yesterday evening, the migrants returned to their tents at the Gayeulles camp.

In Rennes, protesters try to requisition an abandoned school for exiles – Brittany



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