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An eye for an eye…

Local residents of Parisian border town Montreuil are rallying behind a group of squatters who were forcibly removed from a building by the police last week, resulting in one man losing his eye. The outrage has led some protestors to call for "an eye for an eye". Read more...

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"8 July 09, the state shot everything in sight"

Local residents of Parisian border town Montreuil are rallying behind a group of squatters who were forcibly removed from a building by the police last week, resulting in one man losing his eye. The outrage has led some protesters to call for "an eye for an eye".

It was last Wednesday (8 July) when riot police arrived to remove squatters from a building in Croix de Chavaux. Later in the day the squatters took to the streets to protest the police brutality used in handling the affair. As though to prove the protesters' point, the police responded with a harsh crackdown, blinding Joachim Gatti with the use of a flash-ball gun. It was this that provoked local residents to take up the protesters' cause, and on Monday night hundreds of supporters took to the streets, resulting in clashes with the police just hours before Bastille Day.

Police intervention on the squat, 8 July

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Posted on the squatters' website

Photos from the Monday 13 demo

"The more the cost of living rises, the more the quality of living falls". Posted on the squatters' website.

“I saw an old man on crutches pushed to the floor by riot police”

Florian Meyer, 26, is a warehouse order clerk for French supermarket Auchan. He also runs Montreuil's communist youth group and took part in the protest on Monday night.

There were between 20 and 30 people living in the squat, a former clinic. Not all of them lived there all the time, some, like Joachim Gatti, had another place to stay. I went there several times to talk about joining causes, especially at the time when Nicolas Sarkozy came to visit. Personally I'm not entirely in agreement with their methods. They systematically oppose the authorities and refuse to negotiate or participate in any political processes. I do however stand by their demands. Montreuil, like many cities, has a desperate lack of social housing.  

I can verify that the police intervention was completely disproportionate. We were walking peacefully and they charged at us without any warning. The youths from the squat, ‘La clinique', did provoke them a little. They started throwing firecrackers, but not aggressively. Nothing that deserved batons and tear gas. Just in front of me I saw an old man on crutches pushed to the floor by riot police."  

Police intervention on Monday 13 demo

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