‘Urine on streets and riots’: Parisians threaten hunger strike over migrant camps

Parisians are up in arms over hundreds of migrants sleeping on their streets, queuing up in long lines, day and night, while waiting for their asylum requests to be processed, and some residents say they will start a hunger strike if the unkempt street camps are not removed.

Locals in the 10 and 19th districts, located near the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica, are urging authorities to relocate a center that processes asylum requests in northern Paris, voicing their concern over the unsanitary and unhygienic conditions migrants are forced to live in.

“We had to install this fence to protect our communal parking from liters and liters of urine – this obviously cost money. And this was the only solution we came up with, but it is not sufficient, Oscar, a concerned resident, told RT.

Dozens of migrants, frustrated after days of waiting and sleeping in the streets, have no other option available to them other than to camp in Paris neighborhoods.

“Summer or winter, we are coming here every week to give food and medicine to the homeless. And with the influx of migrants there are more of them now. We have just distributed around 100 packages with sandwiches and pies, hygienic products and clothes. There are around 100 migrants out there who came from Afghanistan and Syria,” Nadia, a volunteer, told RT.

“The government is doing nothing at all,” she added. “It does not support the associations that help. People who are here [helping migrants] are all volunteers. We receive nothing from the government. We are asking private businesses – shops and bakeries for instance – to help us.”

Pierre Vuarin, a spokesman for a neighborhood association, told RT that, to solve the problem, authorities must first change the system of providing temporary facilities for asylum seekers.

“This system destroys our district, it destroys the image of the asylum seekers’ [and hurts] their rights. This system should be transformed into a decent system to help people return to their countries normally. If this is not done [by] the end of this year, our group will go on a hunger strike.”

Last month, Vuarin and a group of supporters wrote an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron, asking him to take measures.
They said that over the last two years, as many as 40,000 people have spent frustrating nights on a 100m-long sidewalk on Boulevard de la Villette, in northern Paris. Currently, there are more than thirty mini-camps that “appear and disappear” following police crackdowns, the letter said.

“The system of the reception platform for asylum seekers… makes thousands of people wait, forcing them to stay in our neighborhood without food and any roof over their heads. It creates conditions for permanent violence. This system has caused and continues to provoke frequent clashes between different [ethnic] groups. We have witnessed two riots with hundreds of people fighting against each other! There have been dozens of wounded in the last twenty months. Several times a week, police are forced to use tear gas to disperse the queue.”

“If no actions are taken to close down the temporary center for asylum seekers before January 1, we will be launching a hunger strike,” Vuarin and other activists warned.
Macron’s office responded that the French leader was “aware of the difficulties of cohabitation” he referred the problem to the interior ministry, Le Figaro reported.

Alexandra Cordebard, mayor of 10th arrondissement (district) of Paris, said the government had promised the asylum center would be removed by the end of the year.

In August, nearly 2,500 migrants, of mainly African origin, were evicted from a makeshift camp in the north of Paris. They were taken to 18 refugee centers across the French capital.

The numbers of refugees have reportedly grown in Paris following the closure of the infamous Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in the north of France, which was evacuated and razed last year, with over 6,000 of its residents being sent to various housing facilities across France. Following the camp’s closure, many of those displaced, hoping to find asylum in the UK, decided to relocate to the French capital.

Earlier this year, Macron’s government presented a plan to create more than 12,500 places in reception centers for asylum seekers and refugees by 2019.

Macron warned in October that all undocumented migrants convicted of a crime would be deported from the country. “We will take the most severe measures, we will do what we must do,” he said in a televised interview, as cited by AFP. “We’re taking care of the France where things aren’t going well,” the French leader added. His remarks came two weeks after a 29-year-old Tunisian man fatally stabbed two women at the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille.

Over 200 flights canceled as German pilots refuse to deport rejected asylum seekers

Protest against deporting migrants who were denied asylum at Duesseldorf Airport. © Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters

Pilots in Germany are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the cancelation of more than 200 flights.

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A freedom of information request revealed that 222 scheduled flights were forced to be canceled over the course of 2017 as pilots refused to play a part in returning people to Afghanistan, which is still reeling from years of occupation by Western forces.

Deutsche Welle reports that 140 of the canceled flights were to take off from Frankfurt Airport, which is the largest in the country. Dusseldorf Airport, where activist groups regularly hold demonstrations against deportation, saw 40 flights canceled.

An anti-deportation protester is denied entry into Duesseldorf Airport. © Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters

Despite a recent increase in deportations, Germany remains by far the most popular destination in the European Union for refugees and migrants. In 2017, it processed more asylum applications than all other EU countries combined.

The most recent statistics from the immigration office reveal Germany has accepted nearly 170,000 asylum seekers this year. It has also rejected approximately 210,000, however nearly half of those decisions have been appealed and about 25 percent of them have been overturned.

People protest against the deportation of refugees at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. © Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

In order to reduce the number of appeals and speed up the deportations the German Interior Ministry has started offering rejected asylum seekers up to €3,000 (US$3,550) to return to their countries of origin.

READ MORE: Germany offers rejected asylum seekers up to €3,000 to go home before March

The new program, dubbed ‘Your country. Your future. Now!’ promises generous payouts to those who decide to return voluntarily. Families are eligible for up to €3,000 and individuals for up to €1,000.

Supreme Court OKs full enforcement of Trump travel ban

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington

The Supreme Court has ruled to allow the full enforcement of President Donald Trump‘s travel ban affecting six Muslim-majority countries.

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The Trump administration’s request to enforce the third incarnation of Trump’s travel ban was approved Monday. The Supreme Court ruling rolls back lower court rulings that restricted enforcement based on bona fide relationships with US persons or businesses. Such exempt relationships had included grandchildren, grandparents, nieces, nephews and cousins of US persons.

The travel ban on US entry for nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will be in full effect, while it also undergoes challenges in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, and the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, according to AP.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments for and against the current version of the travel ban, updated in September to include some Venezuelan officials and North Korea, next year. Lower courts have already approved of those two latest additions to the list of countries.

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Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, liberals on the high court appointed by presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama respectively, would have left the lower court rulings in place, according to AP.

In court papers, Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued that since June, “multiple government agencies have conducted a comprehensive, worldwide review of the information shared by foreign governments that is used to screen aliens seeking entry to the United States,” according to The Hill.

“Based on that review, the proclamation adopts tailored entry restrictions to address extensive findings that a handful of particular foreign governments have deficient information-sharing and identity-management practices, or other risk factors,” Francisco said.

The American Civil Liberties Union reacted on Twitter, saying the Supreme Court decision lacked merit. “We are at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to argue that the Muslim ban should ultimately be struck down,” the ACLU said.

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3,108 SINCE OCT. 1: REFUGEE ADMISSIONS DROP BY 489%, AS TRUMP WITHDRAWS FROM UN MIGRATION COMPACT

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said it “is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.”

By Patrick Goodenough | December 4, 2017

(CNSNews.com) – Refugee admissions to the United States were down 83 percent in the first two months of fiscal 2018 (October and November) compared to the first two months of fiscal 2017. 

A total of only 3,108 refugees were admitted in October and November down from the 18,300 refugees who were admitted in October and November of last year.

Meanwhile, fourteen months after the Obama administration backed a push at the U.N. for global responsibility-sharing for refugees and migrants, the Trump Administration has pulled out of the intitiative. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said it “is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.”

The weekend announcement comes amid a sharp drop in the number of refugees admitted to the United States during the first two months of fiscal year 2018.

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The most striking change between the refugee admissions in the initial two-month period of this fiscal year and last fiscal year was the relative differences in size of the contingents from Syria, Somalia and Iraq.

In Oct.-Nov. 2016, 2,259 Syrians (97.6 percent Muslim, 1.7 percent Christian), 2,463 Somalis (99.9 percent Muslim) and 2,262 Iraqis (75 percent Muslim, 17.3 percent Christian, 7.4 percent Yazidi) were resettled.

In Oct.-Nov. 2017 the numbers had dropped to 33 Syrians (66.6 percent Muslim, 33.3 percent Christian), 126 Somalis (100 percent Muslim) and 76 Iraqis (84.2 percent Muslim, 10.5 percent Christian, 3.9 percent Yazidi).

Among the 3,108 refugees admitted since FY 2018 began, the five largest contingents came from Bhutan (805), the Democratic Republic of Congo (627), Burma (347), Ukraine (290) and Eritrea (281).

The religious breakdown of those 3,108 refugees was: 59.6 percent Christian, 15.4 percent Muslim, 9.6 percent Buddhist, 7.6 percent Hindu, 4.7 percent Kirat and 0.9 percent Jewish.

By contrast, the five countries represented most strongly among the 18,300 refugees resettled by the Obama administration in the U.S. during the first two months of FY 2017 were the DRC (4,236), Somalia (2,463), Iraq (2,262), Syria (2,259) and Burma (1,509).

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breakdown of those 18,300 refugees was: 48.1 percent Christian, 43.6 percent Muslim, 2.4 percent Buddhist, 1.7 percent Hindu, 0.9 percent Kirat and 0.3 percent Jewish.

The figures reflect clearly the differences in the two administrations’ approach on refugees.

The last full fiscal year of the Obama administration saw 84,994 refugees admitted. President Trump has proposed a refugee admission ceiling of 45,000 for FY 2018, the lowest ceiling set by an administration since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980.

Now the administration is also withdrawing from a U.N. initiative called the Global Compact on Migration.

In a statement Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would continue to engage at the U.N. but in this case it “simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.”

“The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.”

In September last year, a summit at the U.N. adopted a consensus declaration – the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants – expressing countries’ political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants and share the responsibility for doing so.

Although they stopped short of making any binding commitments, the leaders undertook to work by 2018 towards consensus on a global compact on sharing the refugee burden.

Haley said Sunday the New York declaration “contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies and the Trump administration’s immigration principles.”

She said no country has done more that the U.S. in providing support for migrant and refugee populations across the globe, “and our generosity will continue.”

“But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” she said. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.”

Miroslav Laják, the president of the U.N. General Assembly – who received the formal notification of withdrawal – said he regretted the decision.

“The role of the United States in this process is critical as it has historically and generously welcomed people from all across the globe and remains home to the largest number of international migrants in the world,” the Slovak diplomat said in a statement released by his spokesman on Sunday.

“As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome.”

The U.S. withdrawal from the initiative came on the eve of a three-day global gathering beginning in Mexico on Monday to take stock of how and where the process is going.

SWEDEN: MIGRANT WHO PARTICIPATED IN 20-MAN GANG RAPE OF WOMAN TELLS POLICE IT WAS “FUN”

Victim tried to get help, but was ignored & insulted by locals

 | Infowars.com – DECEMBER 4, 2017

A migrant who took part in a 20-man gang rape of a woman in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden told police that the experience was a “fun joke”.

The incident occurred last summer in the Fittja area of the Swedish capital. 20 men were involved in the brutal gang rape, which took place in a stairwell, but police were only able to identify and charge five of the culprits, all of whom were migrants from Somali and Iraq.

According to the 30-year-old woman, the migrants “discussed who would get to use me first” before pulling her up to the second floor. “Many stood waiting for their turn,” she added.

The migrants smashed the woman’s head against the staircase, knocking her unconscious, as well as threatening her with a knife.

The migrants laughed and filmed the scene on their cellphones as the attack unfolded. During a police interview, one of the attackers said the entire ordeal was a “fun joke” to the men.

The victim’s situation was made worse by the fact that when she attempted to get help from locals, they either ignored or insulted her.

One man who had lived in the area for 15 years saw the rape happening but did nothing because, in his own words he has “learned not to see or hear so much”. The woman was also labeled “disgusting” by another person because she had sperm in her hair as a result of the gang rape.

According to Attorney Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the incident is one of the worst rape incidents she has dealt with in 26 years of practice, saying that the attackers inflicted “torture-like trauma” on her client.

While the mainstream media has embarked on a disinformation campaign to downplay the severity of sexual assaults since Sweden began accepting more Muslim migrants in 2015, rapes have increased by 14% since last year. A recent poll also found that half of young women in the country felt insecure walking the streets.

Sexual assaults on women at music festivals in Sweden have also risen by 1000%, with feminists and organizers responding by proposing that all men be banned from such events.

As we previously reported, Sweden’s migrant ghettos are now so dangerous that police are installing microphones to pick up the sound of women screaming.

While sexual assaults and rapes of women are spiraling out of control, the Swedish government is busy publishing reports that say putting the word “refugees” in quotation marks is “hate” and that questioning the age of child migrants is also a form of extremism.

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Relatives of Berlin terrorist attack victims accuse Merkel of failing to counter terrorist threat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © Axel Schmidt / Reuters

The families of those killed in Berlin’s Christmas market attack last year have lambasted Angela Merkel in an open letter. They particularly accused the German chancellor of “inaction” in the face of terrorism and negligence toward the attack victims.

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The attack, during which a Tunisian asylum seeker, Anis Amri, drove a truck into the crowded Christmas market on December 19, 2016, was a “tragic consequence of political inaction of your government,”the victims’ relatives wrote in a letter, addressing Merkel personally. They went on to say that 12 people died because “you [Merkel] had failed to timely accumulate the necessary resources and reform the inordinate [security] structures to fight this [terrorist] threats.”

The people, some of whom did not just lost their loved ones in that attack but also sustained injuries themselves, also reproached Merkel and her government for the fact that Germany “still lacks basic professionalism in dealing with terrorism.” The letter, obtained by Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly, says that the investigation of the attack revealed numerous deficiencies in the work of the German services tasked with tackling the terrorist threats.

They particularly pointed out that the perpetrator of the attack was long known to police and had “numerous criminal records.” Moreover, the police warned the Interior Ministry that Amri could pose a terrorist threat as early as nine months before the attack. However, despite all these facts, police only monitored his actions “from time to time” and eventually failed to prevent the attack.

“German regional and federal police departments as well as some 50 other [security] services are plagued by competence chaos,” the letter says, adding specific functions of particular services are unclear while the level of information sharing between them is “absolutely insufficient.” It also urged Merkel to “correct all faults as soon as possible.”

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“Outrageous deficiencies that were revealed [during the investigation of the attack] cannot be tolerated anymore,” the victims’ relatives said. They also stressed that it is Merkel who is ultimately responsible for providing all the necessary resources to fight terrorism in Germany.

The German government’s inability to properly tackle the terrorist threats was, however, not the only thing that the letter’s authors criticized the chancellor over. Survivors and victims’ families, who kept in touch after the tragedy and even created a group to give each other all the help they could, also accused Merkel of complete disregard of the plight of the victims and all those affected by the attack.

“Almost a year after the attack, you have not offer condolences to the families of the victims, either in person nor in a written statement,” the victims’ relatives said, addressing Merkel. They added that this situation has led them to “understanding that you are not fit for your post.”

“The attack affected not only the victims [and their relatives] but the whole of Germany. It is a matter of respect, of dignity and actually a matter of course that you as the head of Government should have offered condolences to the families of the victims… on behalf of the nation,” the letter says. Its authors also drew attention to the fact that then German President Joachim Gauck was almost the only senior German state official who offered his condolences over the tragedy, but even he did it only 60 days after the attack.

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Another official who also sent his condolences to the victims’ families was Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller, but it took him just as long. He offered his sympathies to the relatives of the victims two months after the attack, citing difficulties in obtaining their addresses and even claiming that he “deliberately let some time pass” since the December tragedy as he wanted all those affected to receive the messages at the same time.

The relatives’ letter ends up with a warning that the December 2016 attack is unlikely to become the last such incident in Germany. It also calls on Merkel to do her best to prevent any future attacks as well as to pay more attention to those who could be affected by them. “A simple correction of the existing mistakes… would be irresponsible,”it says.

The 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack has become the most high-profile such incident in Germany. It claimed lives of 12 people and left more than 50 others injured. The perpetrator of the attack managed to flee Germany but was eventually killed by police in Italy days after the incident.

 

 

Wired device ‘filled with nails’ defused at Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany

Potsdam, Germany, December 1, 2017

The German police have evacuated a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam following a report about an “explosive device” allegedly planted nearby. Later, a wired device “filled with nails” was found and defused.

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Police were “deployed to central Potsdam because a suspicious package [was found there],” the local police department said in a Twitter post. Local officers also cordoned off the area around the suspicious object and requested assistance of specialist officers, the statement added.

A bomb disposal unit examined the suspicious package reported to be 50 centimeters long and 40 centimeters wide. “The USBV’s [the German police bomb disposal unit’s] suspicions have been confirmed,” police said in a Twitter post, referring to the device, after initial reports suggested that an explosive device was allegedly planted in the area. However, it later emerged that the unit just confirmed that the device posed some danger and could potentially be explosive.

Police also expanded the cordoned-off area. Officers urged people to clear the area using loud-speakers. In the meantime, the city authorities urged people to avoid the Christmas market.

The specialist unit then successfully defused the device in situ, German police said in a Twitter post. Earlier a local reporter, who was present at the scene, said she had heard the sound of an explosion.

The suspicious package was delivered to a pharmacy located near the Christmas market by a package delivery service, a police spokesman said. The pharmacy employee reported the suspicious package. Its still unclear, who ordered the delivery.

The device was filled with nails, a local police spokesman told journalists after the device was defused. The pharmacy employee who opened it said he found suspicious wires, a local police spokesman, Peter Meyritz, told Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten. Police said that it is still unclear if it was an explosive or incendiary device, adding that specialists were still examining it.

“There could be potentially other [similar] packages delivered to other places near the Christmas market,” he said, adding that the police launched an investigation into the issue.

Later, police said on Twitter that the device was a “cylindrical object with wires and batteries” that also contained nails. However, no detonating fuse was found, police said.