Protesters in Paris have been tear-gassed as they demonstrated against the decision to evict at least 277 asylum seekers who had been living in a high school. Almost three hundred refugees had camped out in an empty high school that was due to reopen after renovation.
Demonstrators, wearing masks and hoods, formed a human chain to stop officers fro entering the building. But police deployed tear gas on the rally and managed to remove each one of the migrants living in the school.
The refugees, who were mostly from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia, started occupying the Jean Jaurès School on April 21 to 22. Huge crowds of protesters linked arms to guard the gates this morning after the authorities ruled that the asylum seekers must be removed to allow the school to open.
But the rally turned violent when police decided to use teargas to disperse the crowd as they tried to stop them from entering the building, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said. According to Eric Coquerel, from the Left Party, who took part in the protest, the police use of force was “unjustified.”
Read more: Vickiie Oliphant, Express 04/05/2016