About fifty people of Romanian origin were expelled from a camp located on Chemin de Gramont, in Toulouse, on Wednesday morning. They set up their caravans a few meters away.
“The police arrived at 6 am and destroyed the trailers while we were still there. I cried when I saw that. That night we had to sleep in our car. Tarzan, 47, is one of about fifty people evicted from the camp on Chemin de Gramont in Toulouse on Wednesday. “This evacuation was carried out at the request of the owners of the illegally occupied land,” the prefecture indicated in a press release.
Most of the deportees settled a few yards down Atlanta Avenue across from the Lidl store. When we find them this Thursday, a dozen children participated on dirt roads in the middle of braziers, tall grass and rubble, while their parents try to tidy up their meager. These people from Romania had been living on the Chemin de Gramont for more than two years.
“We are treated like slaves”
All expressed their incomprehension as to the methods used by the police and the prefecture. “We are treated like slaves, we had 30 minutes to leave. My caravan was destroyed, there was all my papers inside! Geza is indignant. I work in the building industry, I have a residence permit, I pay taxes, but I have no rights. That night he slept in his car with his wife and 3 month old son.
He was able to prove to the prefecture officials that he was working and therefore did not receive an eviction notice. This is not the case with all his companions in misfortune. A number of them declare the “obligations to leave the territory” which they had to sign without knowing what it was about. “I was told to sign the document without explanation, I don’t know what I signed,” Amalia says. My husband hasn’t received an eviction document, but I don’t want to leave without him. “
A rehousing solution has been proposed
For Thomas Couderette of the Collective of Mutual Aid for Social Innovation (Cedis), the situation is “serious”, to such an extent that he plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to force France to respect the law. international. “There have been four other expulsions these days without the associations being planned. At the moment the prefectures sit on the right. People with residence rights of 10 years or in a regular situation are expelled. We are very worried for the coming weeks, we fear that there will be hundreds more deportations. “
Asked, the prefecture indicates that a proposal for hotel accommodation was made to all those who wished it. “Only 3 families accepted it”. “People who have been accepted for care benefit from a social assessment within 48 hours, which will be carried out by the social watch service. At the end of this stage, more lasting proposals can be made to people: access to the emergency system, to housing for people with sufficient financial resources, for example. In these 2 hypotheses, the families will be accompanied by social workers ”. Thomas Couderette assures us that many people refused the accommodation offer because the hotels were transferred to Muret. “Social assessment should be done before expulsion and not after. “