PARIS – The Paris police prefect Didier Lallement decided on Friday September 24 to evacuate drug addicts from the Eole gardens sector in the 19th arrondissement of the capital, the current point of attachment for crack users in northeastern Paris.

“An operation is taking place, aiming to regroup these people on the outskirts of Place Auguste Baron, Porte de la Villette, in a neighborhood without residents in the immediate vicinity,” said the police headquarters in a statement.

Two other buses leave # Éole for the place #AugusteBaron, 2.5km further, escorted by bikers from the #police. # Paris18 # Paris19pic.twitter.com / h6lvdcCviZ

“On my instructions, the police headquarters are evacuating drug addicts from the Jardins d’Éole and Stalingrad sectors this morning. The fight against drugs is a daily struggle and I have heard the anger of the residents, “the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin commented at the same time on Twitter.

Operation in progress | Evacuation of rue Riquet. # Paris19 See our press release 👇 pic.twitter.com/cXhdQ2yYtl

“The closure of the Eole gardens to crack users decided by the Paris city hall has since the beginning of July caused particularly high nuisance for residents of Riquet and Aubervilliers streets, in a particularly unsuitable urban configuration: narrow and busy street, proximity immediate housing and schools, ”she argued.

At around 11:30 am that same day, the Paris prefecture indicated that “the operation to evacuate rue Riquet was ending peacefully”.

# Paris19 | The operation to evacuate Rue Riquet, implemented at the request of the Minister of the Interior @GDarmanin, ends calmly. pic.twitter.com/LhJXf82P7H

In mid-May, the prefecture and town hall agreed to bring drug addicts together in the northern gardens of Eole, a historic consumption site on the border of the 18th and 19th arrondissements, in order to relieve the residents of the neighboring Stalingrad sector.

But at the end of June, Anne Hidalgo had decided to put an end to this temporary situation by prohibiting crack users from entering the park, so that the inhabitants could regain possession of it.

The Paris prefecture then proposed to move these consumers to Place Auguste Baron. A solution at the time – and still today – rejected by the mayor of Paris, which calls for “comprehensive care and not travel”.

See also on The HuffPost: In Paris, they demonstrate in their park invaded by crack

Every morning, receive the HuffPost newsletter for free

To follow the latest news live on The HuffPost, click here

Find us on our Facebook page

Subscribe to our YouTube channel

With the daily HuffPost newsletter, receive the most important news and the best articles of the day by email.
Find out more

By subscribing to this service, you agree that your email address will be used by the Huffington post company, data controller, for the following purposes: managing your registration and sending newsletters, establishing anonymous statistics and resolving any related disputes. to the use of the service. The subcontractor in charge of the service is The Hufffington Post Holdings (United States). You can unsubscribe at any time or exercise your rights over your data with our Data Protection Officer. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

By subscribing to this service, you agree that your email address will be used by the Huffington post company, data controller, for the following purposes: managing your registration and sending newsletters, establishing anonymous statistics and resolving any related disputes. to the use of the service. The subcontractor in charge of the service is The Hufffington Post Holdings (United States). You can unsubscribe at any time or exercise your rights over your data with our Data Protection Officer. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

Ref: https://www.huffingtonpost.fr