It didn’t take two days for the double wall to be covered with inscriptions. Tags on the Paris side, very close to the Porte de la Villette square, this public garden where the police installed, on Friday September 24, the crack users evacuated from the rue Riquet (19e arrondissement). On the Pantin side, an anonymous hand traced a few words in green on the newly assembled concrete blocks: “The wall of shame. Thank you Darmanin ”.
A wall between Paris and the suburbs. Built as a matter of urgency on Friday afternoon by the police, it blocked the tunnel which made it possible to pass from the rue du Chemin-de-fer (19e arrondissement) in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), and offered shelter to some homeless. This wall constitutes “Essential protection for the inhabitants of Pantin”, affirm the prefect of the Ile-de-France region, Marc Guillaume, and the prefect of police, Didier Lallement, in a letter sent on Saturday to the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. For the State, it was essential to block the tunnel, in order to prevent “crackers” from entering Seine-Saint-Denis too easily.
Corn “This wall of shame is a terrible message sent to the suburbs, judge Geoffrey Carvalhinho, a follower of Valérie Pécresse who sits on the municipal council of Pantin and on the regional council. On the one hand, the rich city. On the other, the proletarians. This is the symbolism. ” The wall is also unnecessary, he adds: “It does not really prevent going from Paris to Pantin”. Just take Place Auguste-Baron and walk two minutes under the ring road to come out in Seine-Saint-Denis.
On the spot, Sunday morning, some drug addicts are already spotting the path. “Ten minutes ago, I was with my little boy when a cracker approached me, says a nurse from Pantin, still shaken. Fortunately, a young man from the neighborhood told him: “Get out!”, And the other ran off, insulting me. But I’m telling you, this is all going to end badly. I’m going to stop coming to treat people here. Otherwise, I’ll crack. “
“It’s becoming the jungle!” “
Mathilda, a saleswoman who is a member of the 93 Anti-crack collective, is also worried: “I live in Aubervilliers, and I pass by here every day to go to work, in Paris, or to come back from there. There were already assaults, thefts, clashes with migrants. In the evening, women will be even less reassured than before. ” Karim, a 38-year-old resident of Pantin, is even more alarmist: “Here it is becoming the jungle!” And the cops are invisible. “
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