On Saturday, riot police were called to an unofficial migrant camp at a Paris metro (subway) station due to a violent street brawl that was transpiring amongst the migrants living there.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had earlier announced the removal of the camp in a joint statement with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, but the migrants returned with makeshift mattresses two weeks later.
. . . . The violence erupted underneath the tracks when a group of men threw objects at the migrants, most of whom are thought to come from Africa and the Middle East.
. . . . Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd and arrested a drunk man who is thought to have thrown the first missile which sparked the chaos, Le Parisien reported.
The police are said to have been pelted with bottles and debris when they arrived at the scene of the fight between the homeless migrants and a so called ‘anti crime brigade’ from Stalingrad, which lies in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.
The Jerusalem Post reports on the incident:
Amateur video has emerged showing violent clashes between groups of migrants that had erupted on Thursday in northern Paris near Stalingrad metro station.The video, filmed by resident Arnault Chene from his apartment on Boulevard de la Villette, shows groups of men, carrying wooden planks and metal poles, throwing objects at each other.According to the author of the video, a first battle erupted between groups of migrants living near the subway station started around 9 p.m. which was rapidly stopped by police. Clashes started again two hours later and became much more violent that the first time.During about 20 minutes, migrants were seen fighting against each other and throwing objects in a fierce battle that hospitalized several, local media said. Migrants living near the subway station arrived on March 30th and most of them came from Calais, Arnault Chene said.
Watch the melee:
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