STOP FORCED EVICTIONS! SOCIAL RESPONSE AND DIGNITY FOR THE INHABITANTS OF THE NEW SLUM OF NANTERRE!

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STOP FORCED EVICTIONS! SOCIAL RESPONSE AND DIGNITY FOR THE INHABITANTS OF THE NEW SLUM OF NANTERRE!

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Comité de soutien BIDONVILLEVSLADÉFENSE a lancé cette pétition adressée à La Ville de Nanterre et ses autorités

During the last three months a small slum appeared in the city of Nanterre, next to Paris, just a few steps away from the (in)famous “cité blanche”, the settlement that replaced the migrant slums of the 1960s and the 1970s and which is commemorated today by the city of Nanterre. 

What were only a few families at the beginning became fast a several dozens of huts that shelter more than hundred inhabitants. They are installed on waste land, already abandoned for decades and owned by EPADESA, the public agency responsible for the development of Paris business center La Défense.

Ignored by the authorities, the inhabitants constructed simple shelters without water, showers, water closets or electricity after being evicted from other settlements in Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris' northern periphery. Despite those difficult living conditions, they succeeded in creating a clean and jovial home. However, basic services are still missing, even though some neighboring organizations helped with an improvised access to a water source. The public authorities remain inactive and the owner of the waste land tries to throw them onto the street.

A support group created after the first hearing o June 3, 2014 managed to speak to the general counsel of EPADESA, who privileged the agency's security and real estate concerns over an alternative for the families. The city refuses as well any accountability for its latest citizens by pointing to the responsibility of the state, the owner of the land or the neighboring cities governed by right wing parties.

Several days after the second hearing, even though the counselor denied any construction project on the wasteland, several trucks dumped tons of sand next to the slum escorted by police forces. Does EPADESA simulate a construction site or are they already preparing the forced eviction, though the courts haven't ruled yet?

Moreover, capitalizing the complaints of neighbors and the city's inaction, the conservative party UMP demanded to stop the second appearance of slums in Nanterre by forcefully evicting the families without proposing any help.

However, we recognize the efforts of the city of Nanterre to promote social and human values by keeping its migrant history and the history of its slums alive, for example by inaugurating a boulevard in honor of the victims of the massacre of October 17, 1961, or by commemorating the assassination of Abdennbi Guemiah, young inhabitant of the “cité blanche” killed in 1982.

But what happens today to those new migrants from eastern Europe in Nanterre – often called Romani? Do we always have to remind the authorities of the discrimination and violence against those minorities? These hostilities are also exercised by a number of state agencies, as the city council of Nanterre himself stated very clearly in 2010:

“In a city like Nanterre, that is a welcoming home for different populations and the amalgamation of different cultures, it is our duty to denounce the racist character of this government policy and to actively contribute to allow our citizens to live in dignity”

After this legitimate condemnation, the city council announced the creation of a welcome area for travelers. Until today, four years later this area is still missing and the initiative is not even addressing the majority of the current migrant population having a sedentary lifestyle. So, where is a decent living space for those migrants?

Regarding the repressive police action, the recent lynching of young inhabitant of a slum in Seine-Saint-Denis, we, inhabitants of Nanterre, citizens, activists, trade unionists, students and scholars of Nanterre University want to alert to the dramatic social situation of the families living in Nanterre's newest slum.

We demand a social response from the city of Nanterre and its inhabitants!

We also ask organizations and activists to join our support!

40 years after the destruction of the last big slums of Nanterre, 30 years after the destruction of the transit settlements, let's act together for the inhabitants of today's slums.

LET'S STOP THE FORCED EVICTIONS! FOR LIVING CONDITIONS IN DIGNITY!

The concrete demands of the habitants are:

- Sanitary facilities: Wcs, showers, trash cans etc. as well as medical treatment
- The school enrollment of the children
- A serious offer for transition to more sustainable housing solutions for the displaced


Send us your name, status or comments, in order to help.

bidonvillevsladefense@gmail.com or by SMS at 00 33 (0)6 95 43 31 74.

 

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Cette pétition avait 5 466 signataires