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(en) France, OCL CA #338 - Fire in a home in Montreuil (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 12 Apr 2024 10:26:40 +0300

Sunday January 28 at the end of the afternoon, a fire broke out at the Lenain home in Tillemont in Haut Montreuil, Grands Pêchers district, caused by the recharging of an electric scooter. It is a hostel for African workers managed by ADEF. The 3rd and 4th floors of a building burned to the ground. A resident had to jump out of the window and was therefore seriously injured (at least one month in hospital announced). While the police, and perhaps even the firefighters, were on site, this seriously injured person had to be transported to the emergency room by a neighbor of the home in his own car. Not an ambulance for him.
The (non) handling of this situation is absolutely scandalous. Between 150 and 200 people found themselves on the street, without a change of clothes, without papers (which had been burned), without anything to eat... The town hall did not feel concerned on the pretext of their administrative situation. An elected official apparently came, but found that there was nothing to do. Normally, in all municipalities, there is emergency reception provided in the event of a disaster. This is a bit like the bare minimum for public authorities in terms of protecting the population. But in Montreuil, apparently, Africans not only are not citizens, but they are not even users.
ADEF only offered rehousing to the 41 lease holders present on site at the time, but obviously not for the same night. In a state of astonishment, at first, the victims wanted to stay together and gathered the next day in front of the town hall to obtain assistance. Without any response. Late in the evening, still without response or solution, they invaded the municipal cinema, the only open space. The latter did not call the police following the intervention of the local LFI deputy who happened to be present at a debate film. The next day, the town hall still had not received them. Volunteers and association canteens offered them food and warm clothes, but nothing from social services or even large associations.
Two days later, they demonstrated at ADEF headquarters in Ivry. Shock at the Ivry town hall, called for help by the police overwhelmed by farmers, when they discovered the situation! She put them up and offered them toilet kits for two nights (I won't tell you about the probable argument between the communist mayor of Ivry and the communist mayor of Montreuil...) and banged her fist on Table. ADEF suddenly found other rehousing possibilities and committed to rehousing, including undocumented immigrants! In the homes there are many people who do not have a lease, either because they occupy the bed of someone who is absent without the manager having transferred the lease, or because they are in more. They are therefore not all undocumented. There may even be French people who have never found accommodation.
But ADEF did not have the beds, and therefore subcontracted to other managers. It was agreed that each holder of this new lease (who may not have held a lease in the hostel) could accommodate one or two undocumented immigrants. But when they showed up, the undocumented immigrants were refused. Let us salute the courage of those among the holders who refused their lease under these conditions and preferred to return to the streets.
Montreuil town hall only agrees to speak to delegates from the home who are in the part not affected by the fire, and refuses to receive delegates from disaster victims. She made it known through all her means of communication that she had taken care of everything and that there was no problem. The only problem would be that of residents who refused their proposals! This communication obviously prevented solidarity from manifesting. No service agrees to respond to disaster victims: they are supposedly not aware.
After all these adventures, the victims found themselves dispersed, which makes organizing resistance even more difficult. The supporters do what they can, but they have neither premises nor a public meeting point. Difficult in these conditions to solicit individual solidarity. Canteens are still trying to keep up, but with the victims themselves being dispersed, and possibly working, it is complicated.
The actual number of people relocated is unknown. The rehabilitation work is expected to last one year. This story is therefore far from over.
Obviously, it is difficult not to imagine that in fact, in these times of renovation-destruction of homes (let us point out that this home is not affected by the plan in question) and of the hunt for the poor accompanying the Olympic Games, the authorities thought that 150 fewer African workers is still a win...


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