Tensions increased in Paris between socialists who support the squatters and demand full rights, citizenship and privileges for those who live in the camps, and the French Railway corporation, SNCF, which secured another order from the French courts allowing it to dismantle slums which had become public health and safety risks.
“Others perhaps left for Romania," says Philippe Goossens, a member of the French Human Rights League, another of the groups present for the evacuation. "It is not uncommon that they temporarily return home for a few weeks before coming back to France."
“There are rats here, but it’s better than in Romania,” a man named Deniser told AFP as he boarded a bus with his wife and children. “We are Europeans, why don’t we have any rights?”
Rights groups have blasted the state for their treatment of the Roma and raised concerns over long-term futures for those evicted.
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There are similar shanty towns occupied by black North Africans, who lack running water or sanitation facilities, but whose main priority is pirating electricity for satellite dishes. Innumerable shacks sported satellite dishes and television sets along the SNCF tracks from Paris to deGaulle airport.
The North Africans, like the Roma, are not French citizens and are by American standards, illegal aliens. They are squatters who enter the country without inspection and medical screening. Like the US, which has experienced a surge in undocumented squatters, these new arrivals bring with them diseases that have long been eradicated in the West, and many of these are antibiotic-resistant, adding to the public health crisis.
The core of the matter is the sense of entitlement: that these groups feel they have "rights" to settle where ever there are perceived economic opportunities and free social benefits and refuse to return to their home of origin. The socialists exploit these groups as way of asserting power and demonizing their opposition.
This most recent deconstruction of the Roma camps represents the existential dilemma facing the West: either get serious about protecting its linguist and cultural heritage, and defending its borders, or admit defeat and accept dissolution. The status quo is not sustainable, and the softness of the current response towards this unchecked invasion, whether in Europe or the USA, just encourages more migration and the attendant security, health and cultural risks.
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