After those of May, June and October which had brought together thousands of people, this fourth day of mobilization began in the afternoon in about fifty cities including Bordeaux, Marseille and Strasbourg.
In Paris, more than a thousand undocumented migrants, mainly from Africa, began their demonstration in peace around 6.30 p.m. in the center of Paris, supervised by a very large police force, noted an AFP journalist. .
“The national effort is us”
“Undocumented migrants in danger”, “The national effort is us”, proclaimed their banners, lit by torches lit in memory of the migrants who died in exile.
“We are there for all the undocumented migrants in France. During the Covid, it is we who do all the work, who cleaned the hospitals, while those who have short-time working are warm at home. government has forgotten us “, lamented to AFP Siby Ahamada, member of the collective of undocumented migrants of Montreuil.
Not far from there, Kanouté, a 25-year-old Malian, explains that he has two jobs, one diving in a restaurant in the 8th arrondissement, in the dark, the other as an UberEats delivery man, by bike, which he performs with someone else’s identity.
“They give me an account and I ride all night and at the end the guy gives me a few euros. During the confinement, we didn’t stop”, he explains, adding: “Without papers, we can’t really start our vie “in France.
“As we have no papers the bosses take advantage of us and when they want they don’t pay us”, explains another Malian, Lassana, 50, who has lived clandestinely in France for 19 years and works in the building “a week here, a day there, sometimes just for 40 euros”. “We’ve been here for a long time, but our life is blocked.”
The Parisian parade saw part of its route – the arrival of the procession in front of the town hall of Paris in particular – banned by the Prefecture of Police (PP), on grounds of fears of disturbances at the time of the anti-Covid curfew introduced from 8 p.m. in these very crowded shopping districts on the eve of the Christmas holidays.
“Denial of right”
The organizers, for their part, suggested that a new encampment could nevertheless be set up at the end of the demonstration, three weeks after the vigorous dismantling by the police of migrant tents installed on the Place de la République, which had aroused great emotion.
“The indignation born on the Place de la République, what is the result? The migrants are still on the street. The indignation is good, we what we want are acts”, denounced Denis Godard, one of the organizers of this “March of solidarities” called for by more than 200 collectives.