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Paris police tear down tents for homeless

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posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 05:45 AM
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Paris police tear down tents for homeless


news.independent.co.uk

In Paris the police have torn down an encampment of homeless people in front of astonished tourists. The protest group, Les Enfants de Don Quichotte , pitched their red tents opposite Notre Dame Cathedral to draw attention to the Government’s failure to provide adequate housing in Paris and France in general, which, they claim, has 200,000 homeless people.
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posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 05:45 AM
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Quite frankly, I find this an appaling breach of human rights.
Do we not have the right to peaceful demonstration?

All these people are trying to do is draw attention to the plight of the homeless in their country and perhaps try to help them out over the festive period, and all they get for their efforts is tear gassed and a scuffle with police.

Chirac could tolerate this so why not Sarkozy?

France seems like it is becoming a very repressive place to live, and to think they gave the US the statue of liberty...a symbol of freedom and opportunity?

There is no freedom or opportunity if you are homeless in France at the moment. Just oppression and a government that doesn't want to know.

news.independent.co.uk
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posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 06:09 AM
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I agree.

Just finished reading the article in The Independent and it's very worrying to see. This is a typical problem of the French republic, a very poor working/under class who cannot relate or gain opportunity in the modern republic.

As you probably know, President Sarkozy wants to reform the economy to a similar structure of the UK's free market anglo-saxon economy (which the French people see as angloisation of their country)

Expect more incidents like this in the near future.



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 06:13 AM
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Expect more? Very worrying statement there, Infinite.

Is it just me who can see history repeating here? The poor and disadvantaged being to bubble up against the oppressive and out of touch government?

France is such a beautiful country - it's so sad that it's got such a divide between the people. I don't see how Sarkozy is going to keep stamping on any protests without international condemnation for long though.



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 06:18 AM
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The citizens of the French republic want change. That's why 85% turned out to vote.

It's a very divided country, more than the United Kingdom.



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 06:45 AM
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I wonder why the protesters chose the name 'Don Quixote'
as the identity of their group?

reading the novel, we come to understand that Don Quixote
saw mundane windmills as Castles to be seiged against
and flocks of sheep as an Army (of men) on the March.

just which side is the one who is delusional?
the government agencies addressing housing for the homeless
Or
the group of protestors themselves creating a colossal enemy to fight



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 09:23 AM
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Originally posted by more_serotonin_pls
Quite frankly, I find this an appaling breach of human rights.
Do we not have the right to peaceful demonstration?

All these people are trying to do is draw attention to the plight of the homeless in their country and perhaps try to help them out over the festive period, and all they get for their efforts is tear gassed and a scuffle with police.

Chirac could tolerate this so why not Sarkozy?


Sarkozy is too busy with his new girlfriend ex-topmodel & singer carla bruni anyway!
But I agree, they have rights just like any individual in this f***** up world.


Originally posted by more_serotonin_pls
France seems like it is becoming a very repressive place to live, and to think they gave the US the statue of liberty...a symbol of freedom and opportunity?

I'd not say france, I'd say Paris
But you are right. Frédéric Bartholdi should have never sculpted such a statue for the US.


Originally posted by more_serotonin_pls
There is no freedom or opportunity if you are homeless in France at the moment. Just oppression and a government that doesn't want to know.


As if they were opportunities in britland or cowboyland ...right. I must note that one.
Have you at least checked at your frontdoor first before writing this and making me angry in this beautiful (but cold) monday? I guess not

U.k = 500.000 (if not higher) homeless and for the Us I don't know but you can easily multiply this by 10.
Are they treated friendly? I don't think so.
But that doesn't excuse Fr. police's bosses to take decisions like these.



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 09:32 AM
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France's homeless problem has roots that date back long before Sarkozy took over. Their labor laws are the cause of much of their problems. As was mentioned, Sarkozy was elected in a time when 85% of the voters turned out; they want change.

As France moves more away from socialism and more toward capitalism, more incidents will arise as people are weaned off the gov'ts teat. But the end result will be worth it, if the French get behind Sarkozy and implement much needed change.



posted on Dec, 17 2007 @ 11:05 AM
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With regards to the homelessness situation in the UK - while it is far from ideal, at least those trying to help them are not getting tear gassed.

As you say though, it is a worldwide problem, it's just the way this has been handled that I object to...



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