Toulouse: the expelled migrants squat the Bellefontaine college, then are dislodged by the inhabitants of the district
The migrants expelled on Friday August 26 from the former Ehpad des Tourelles in Toulouse, squatted for a few hours at the Bellefontaine college. They were priced away by locals.
The unaccompanied minors, migrants mostly from West Africa, who had been expelled on August 26 from the former Ehpad des Tourelles, in Toulouse, tried yesterday to settle in the premises of the former Bellefontaine college, in the Reynerie district.
At the beginning of the afternoon, a hundred of them, supported by collectives, entered the premises. They installed a chain on the entrance gate, and laid a sheet, on which was written: “We need collective accommodation”.
A few projectile throws, but a calm start
A few minutes after their arrival, residents of the Bellefontaine and Reynerie district, whose buildings are located a few meters from the entrance to the college, the prices left the premises. According to our information, there would have been no scuffle. On the other hand, the throwing of projectiles made the migrants understand that they had to leave the place. National police intervened to secure their departure, and the migrants departed smoothly.
The old college is used for leisure activities
“The college is not empty. It is used by neighborhood associations. We have refused that people, whether migrants or any other person, prevent young people and people from the neighborhood from benefiting from these premises, testified on the spot, yesterday, a resident of the district, for “La Dépêche du Midi.” Several police vehicles secured the surroundings of the college, again yesterday around 7 p.m.
The president of the county council wants a “lasting solution”
The migrants left by metro. Some would have gone back to the Allées Jules-Guesde camp, where they have been sleeping in tents since August 26. The departmental council of Haute-Garonne, owner of the premises of the former Bellefontaine college, confirmed yesterday that its premises “still host leisure activities for the youth of the district”. The president of the departmental council, Georges Méric, “recalls the need to find a lasting solution to the support of these migrants” and calls for the “full and complete mobilization of the actors in this file, which are the State and the town hall of Toulouse”.