PARIS, 24 November. / TASS /. The Parisian police dismantled about 500 tents set up by migrants in Place de la République on Monday evening to protest the liquidation of their camp outside the capital. This was reported by the police prefecture.
"Today, a camp was illegally set up on Republic Square. The police have vacated this illegally occupied public space," the report says. "The creation of such camps, organized with the support of associations, is unacceptable," the prefecture said in a statement. According to non-governmental organizations, more than 450 migrants were in the square that evening.
Earlier on Monday, the associations Utopia 56 and Médecins du Monde called for tents to be erected in Place de la République following the dismantling of a camp in the metropolitan suburb of Saint-Denis on November 17, which police estimated had a population of about 4,000. Most of the refugees were placed in temporary centers, while the fate of about 1,000 people remained unresolved.
On the eve of the action, the organizers issued a statement in which they called on the authorities "to provide places for the immediate placement of these migrants and to create a system of permanent reception of refugees."