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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #251 - Home to young workers: Guantánamo in Saint-Ouen (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:49:54 +0300

After the popular districts of Paris, gentrification happens to the charge in the suburbs. Residents of Cara home to Saint-Ouen resist eviction announced by the town hall, which is definitely the poor take up much space. Result: unsafe, dilapidated, living conditions increasingly catastrophic... But the resistance is taking place. ---- While all cameras of the JT 20 hours are turned on drug trafficking as a result of social injustice of the past fifty years, the home of young workers Cara in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis) fight for residents live in dignity within walking distance of the town hall. For over a year, their home is wasting away with the approval of the municipal team UDI, more busy work to the gentrification of the flea market.

Wanting to be part of the Greater Paris policy, the previous Left Front Hall (CPF, PG and former Fase) mirrored on the arrival of the metro line 14 wanted to get rid of the tower of Cara home to build a hotel for business tourism and leisure. A boon for the city because the social headquarters of Alstom and L'Oréal and future Docklands accommodate people wanting more "creditworthy" located in the perimeter. But what about the residents? No alternative accommodation has been proposed so far for the workers most of whom are newcomers.

The policy of barbouzerie

The home is completely abandoned: unhealthy, violence, deterioration of the situation... The current town hall, arrival in 2014, does not help the situation, the mayor, resigned from the presidency of the association bringing together the mayor and Saint-Ouen, Public Housing, the housing office, leaving room for his safety delegate. Since, guards have established themselves at the entrance of the filter and forth from the home. Residents were used to host es friend in need or their companions and companions, since they no longer have access to the building. The thirty residents who remain in an extremely precarious living in terror of the violence of the security guards, threatening them with a knife or require women to cook for them. Washing machines of the household have been sabotaged, the garbage was not removed for a period, the household is almost over, leaving proliferate cockroaches and vermin, prohibition of visits, lack of social workers. They live in a real prison, one resident ironically summed up the situation with these words: "Before it was Iraq, now it's Guantánamo! "

The housing in question

The example of Cara raises the question of housing policy in Île-de-France and everywhere in the territory where evictions are underway, residents fear a current deportation in June Emergency hosting solutions are provided by the LAD remains only media in the home. The willingness of the residents to turn Cara activist held no longer finds echo in certain political circles, an attempt to self-aborted had been "decided" by outside groups but it does decreed nor imposed... Alternative libertarian supports in the home and residents who self-organize by asking the question of housing, Grand Paris of gentrification which the population of Saint-Ouen, like the inner suburbs, is one of the victims.

Z. Marollen (AL Saint-Denis)

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