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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL press release: Undocumented, homeless, facing precariousness: solidarity or death (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Mar 2020 08:50:45 +0200

With the Coronavirus like the rest of the year, people who are homeless and undocumented remain largely forgotten. Once again, the state completely neglects the populations that the capitalist system marginalizes. Those who are already weakened are those who face health risks the most, and who encounter the most difficulties when it comes to access to care, hygiene, housing or food. ---- "How do you wash your hands when you don't have a sink ..?"" ---- The health disaster, announced for months by activists and associations in the field, did not take long to materialize. Already this year, the endangerment of these people has worsened after numerous re-entry into the street (expulsion of squats) and the reform of the AME (State Medical Aid). This reform, under the guise of "fight against fraud", results in the introduction of a 3-month waiting period for access to healthcare for migrants. If after the first announcements concerning confinement the prefectures have chosen to extend the residence permits, no information has been given on access to healthcare and the opening of AME rights. In addition, these extensions of residence permits will only be effective for a period of three months,

If the Administrative Detention Centers start to be evacuated, it is after the situation has become extremely dangerous and untenable. At the CRA in Lesquin, for example, the detainees refused to go to the refectory, for fear of being contaminated, and therefore gave up eating. At present, it is very complicated to know where these people were transferred.

Thus the State, in its hunt for the poor, once again shows its inconsistency by putting the most vulnerable in danger. In addition, the verbalization policy in the event of non-compliance with the confinement rules is an aberration for people who have no other solution than the street. All this in this context of a pandemic, which the State claims to manage, amounts to endangering the entire population, and worse still, leaving the situation as it is without care when one is on the street amounts to putting the death announced.

"... How do you manage to confine yourself when the police cut up your tent every night ?""
Add to that the overload of social services already acted on long before this pandemic, there will soon be no other solution left for those left behind than that of dying with their mouths open. With total confinement, the work of associations and activists risks being made impossible. In fact, these populations usually abandoned by the state find themselves in unprecedented distress.

Since the beginning of confinement, the State as always, shies away from its responsibilities and relies on associations, social organizations and activists on the ground who try to maintain solidarity with people on the street (distribution of meals, welcome, listening, etc.). However, if these structures already sorely lack resources in normal times, the situation has only gotten worse. Volunteers are missing and have little or no basic protective equipment. Worse, if social isolation is part of the daily life of homeless people, today they are no longer just ignored, but flee what takes away their already meager source of income.

Faced with the urgency of the situation, the State prefers to release 300 billion euros for the bosses, but what announcements for the social ? We know that the leaders of all countries will always favor the maintenance of capitalism in people's lives. This is why we cannot expect anything from them and them with regard to the assistance given to the most fragile, and that we can only appeal to the solidarity of all.

In these difficult times and with all mandatory health precautions, it is our responsibility to provide human and material support to the individuals concerned, associations, collectives, activists in the field. If for us, the management of the company is the business of the people who make it live (namely the exploited), it is also because we are best able to know how to respond to this kind of situation.

Libertarian Communist Union, March 18, 2020

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