Migrants tossed our of camp by force, now Paris police must explain

“Was I shocked by some of the images [of the evacuation]? The answer is yes,” Darmanin told Parliament.

His rapid reaction to the outcry stands in contrast to his vigorous defence of police officers in recent months, and to the government’s tepid response to more severe and sustained violence by police at protests by yellow vest activists and others in recent years.

Paris police are under government orders to explain themselves after officers were filmed tossing migrants out of tents while evacuating them.Credit:AP

In the evacuation, police lifted tents with migrants inside, shaking them until they tumbled to the ground, and those who resisted were kicked or beaten with batons, according to the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders in France, Corinne Torre.

Images shared online showed activists and local officials shouting and trying to block police from dislodging the migrants. Torre, who witnessed the evacuation, said several people sought treatment for injuries from her aid group, known by its French acronym MSF.

Aid groups and Paris legislators said they set up the protest camp to call attention to the plight of hundreds of migrants who were kicked out of another camp in the shadow of France’s national stadium last week and have been sleeping in the streets since then for lack of other options.

Most are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Eritrea, and some have been refused asylum while others are in bureaucratic limbo while they try to apply, Torre said.

A protester holds a poster reading "Government of shame, Police of fear" during a rally on the Place de La Republique on Tuesday, a day after police ejected migrants by force.

A protester holds a poster reading “Government of shame, Police of fear” during a rally on the Place de La Republique on Tuesday, a day after police ejected migrants by force.Credit:AP

The Paris police headquarters said in a statement that the Republique camp was evacuated because it was illegal, and “invited” the migrants to seek lodging elsewhere offered by the state or aid groups.

The ministers for citizenship and housing said in a statement on Tuesday, Paris time, that 240 potential spots in temporary lodging had been located for the migrants, saying they “should be treated with humanity and fraternity.”

The draft law presented to the National Assembly was meant to strengthen local police and provide greater protection to all officers. It notably makes it a crime to publish images of officers with intent to cause them harm, a measure that has prompted repeated protests by civil liberties campaigners and media freedom groups.


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Trump Campaign: Thousands of mail-in ballots invalid, should be tossed

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:55 PM PT – Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Trump campaign’s legal team discussed post-election challenges in a number of swing states. On Thursday, President Trump’s personal attorney spoke on the extensive cases of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Michigan and more.

Rudy Giuliani claims widespread fraud was likely carried out by a central Democrat force as most cases were found in Democrat-led cities like Philadelphia and Detroit.

The former New York City mayor cited numerous claims and eye witness reports, including poll workers blocking Republicans from inspecting ballots.

“The number of voter fraud cases in Philadelphia could fill a library,” he stated. “Just a few weeks ago, there was a conviction of voter fraud and one to two weeks before that.”

Giuliani argued when only legal votes are counted, Democrat Joe Biden will actually be hundreds of thousands of votes behind President Trump.

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