French Police Remove 2,000 Homeless Refugees from Paris Streets
The Police forced 2,000 homeless refugees off the Paris streets, moving them into temporary shelters set up in school gymnasiums on Friday morning. Many have been living in rough and impoverished conditions. Riot police escorted these groups of refugees, taking them into temporary shelters.
Many were sleeping under bridges for shelter or on the side of the road. These refugees lacked any access to drinking water, sanitation, or food. The refugees positioned themselves outside Paris’ Aid Center for Asylum seekers, hoping to receive entry into the country.
Many refugees can from Afghanistan, others from Eritrea. Many of them were displaced by ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
This is the thirty-fourth time that police have performed a large scale removal of refugees form the French capital since 2015.
During previous removals of refugees, many reports indicated episodes of police brutality against refugees, including the use of tear gas, the taking away of blankets, tents, and other goods, physical violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse.
Many refugees are college graduates who had respectable careers before violence forced them to flee their homes.
The number of refugees has grown steadily ever since France closed the Calais refugee camp last October. In these camps, people lived in harsh, unsanitary conditions, hoping to flee Paris for England or elsewhere. At the same time, authorities prevented humanitarian aid organizations from reaching these refugees, making it near impossible for them to receive aid.
Reports say that the amount of refugees coming to France will likely not decrease any time in the future. Medical professionals warned officials about the unsanitary conditions, spread of scabies, and the continual damage that such police action combined with the trauma of war may do. Experts have called for a long term and permanent plan. Until then, police will simply continue to periodically drive refugees from the streets.
These conflicts include the Syrian Civil War. This conflict began openly in 2011. The Syrian opposition, created by the CIA in 2006, hopes to overthrow the Russian-backed Assad regime. This conflict also gave birth to other opposition groups, including ISIS, a radical conservative military group. The Syrian government, led by Bashar Hafez al-Assad, continues to receive the support of Russia, while the US and its allies continue to support various opposition groups against the regime.
As America, Europe, and its allies continue to battle with Russia over their Middle Eastern interests, the amount of refugees continues to grow.
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