French police forcibly evacuate migrants from campsite

Demonstrators and police come face to face during migrant evacuation from campsite in Paris

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

French riot police were confronted by a human chain formed by demonstrators on Monday after the officers forcibly evacuated over 100 migrants from a campsite in Paris.

The migrants are believed to have come to the camp in Rue Pajol in the 18th district of Paris from the campsite that housed around 400 migrants near the La Chapelle metro station, who were evacuated on June 2.

According to the Russian Times, riot police were confronted by migrants and activists while they acted roughly while evacuating the camp site.

Footage on BFMTV shows the police forcibly carrying migrants, mainly of African descent, away as some refused to cooperate.

“We were trying to feed them when riot police arrived,” said Fanny Gaillard - an adviser to the Paris’s 19th district - was quoted as saying by Russian Times.

Thousands of migrants have crossed the Mediterranean, fleeing war-torn conflict zones in hope of a better life.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has stated that more than 40,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores and more than 1,800 have died during the deadly Mediterranean voyage in recent years.

The European Union is alarmed with the migrant influx and has considered proposals to stop migrants from making the deadly sea voyage, such as the recently approved “naval mission” in the Mediterranean intending to use military force to stop boats and human traffickers smuggling people into Europe.

TRTWorld and agencies