“Immigration” law: blockades of high schools and demonstration of young people in Paris

High school students and students temporarily blocked the entrance to some Parisian high schools on Friday January 19, before around a hundred of them marched in the streets to protest against the immigration law, two days before a large-scale demonstration

“Immigration” law: blockades of high schools and demonstration of young people in Paris

High school students and students temporarily blocked the entrance to some Parisian high schools on Friday January 19, before around a hundred of them marched in the streets to protest against the immigration law, two days before a large-scale demonstration.

According to the Paris rectorate, filter blockages took place in five high schools in the capital: Hélène-Boucher and Maurice-Ravel (20th arrondissement), Voltaire (11th), Victor-Hugo and Simone-Weil (3rd). At the Hélène-Boucher high school, a few dozen young people blocked the entrance to their establishment with trash cans, brandishing signs such as “Against the immigration law” or “Immigration law: doors open to the far right”.

An “abominable law”

Same situation at the Maurice-Ravel high school, nearby, where students had hung banners “OQTF [Obligation to leave French territory] for Darmanin” or “Freedom, equality, even without papers”. “It’s a law that targets national preference, an abominable law,” Coline, 16, a student at Hélène-Boucher, told Agence France-Presse. We are here to show that young people do not support this law. » “I have been involved in migrant struggles for a long time, I have been campaigning for five years. What is happening is the “fascization” of society,” adds Zara, 23, a philosophy student at Paris-VIII University.

High school students and students then gathered at the end of the morning for an undeclared demonstration in the streets of Paris starting from the Place de la Nation, punctuated by some damage (tags, broken windows), noted an AFP journalist. The demonstration was dispersed by police intervention.