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After Chocques, Dieppe (several evictions and successive demolition), Cherbourg (several evictions and successive demolition), and now that in Norrent-es-Fontes was issued an eviction procedure against the inhabitants of that camp, Steenvoorde campsite (see here and here) was evicted this morning.

While media focus on Loi Travail (proposal of labor law) and the UEFA football championship, while the situation in Calais does no longer get any attention since the destruction of Jungle’s southern part, while the idea of camps for refugees in France creates debate, evictions and camps demolitions are multiplying.

In practice the police arrives at 6:30am and puts you in a bus, your shelters and all your personal belongings -that you weren’t able to take with you- will be destroyed. But “pacefully”, wrote journalists about the demolition of Steenvoorde camp, with a cynicism that gives you chills. “In the quiet”, they wrote, as to definitly separate “them” and “us”, avoiding the remote possibility of making someone feel as they felt this morning, them, other human beings like us.




Published in French on the blog Passeur d’hospitalités 11/07/2016