Several thousand people, including many undocumented immigrants, marched on Saturday April 29 in Paris against the immigration law brought by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin. The participants, also mobilized in other French cities, also protested against the "Wuambushu" security operation in Mayotte, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
In Paris, about 2,300 demonstrators, according to the police headquarters, responding to the call of the Collective "UCIJ 2023" (United against disposable immigration), marched behind a banner proclaiming "No to the Darmanin law. Against repression, confinement and expulsions, for a migration policy of reception, regularize”.
The immigration bill, which the government has just postponed until the fall, "is a racist law, which aims to criminalize foreigners" and lead to "more deportations", denounced Aboubacar, 31 years old. , an undocumented Malian. "The problem is not immigration, it's exploitation and rogue bosses," added this employee of a subcontractor of the Post Office in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne), who with his colleagues has been fighting for 17 months to obtain his regularization.
The participants also intended to protest against the "Wuambushu" security operation carried out by the authorities in Mayotte, to dislodge irregular migrants, mostly Comorians, from the insanitary slums of this overseas department. "The way undocumented Comorians are treated is unworthy of a country like France," lashed out at Marie-Christine Vergiat, vice-president of the Human Rights League and former MEP (Left Front).
"Dangerous choices for democracy and for France"
The Darmanin bill and the operation in Mayotte are linked, explained to AFP Saïd Mhamadi of the Appel de Marseille, a civil organization of the Comorian population in the Marseille city, where 200 to 300 people demonstrated. "On the one hand a law, certainly postponed, but clearly inspired by the ideas" of the National Rally, and on the other an operation which brings "chaos and failure" and "wants to fight against violence but by violence", a- he denounced.
The Darmanin law "resonates with the deplorable, unbearable operation in Mayotte which violates the fundamental rights of people on the spot", also denounced the Marseille deputy of La France Insoumise, Manuel Bompard.
In Rennes, more than 500 people marched to cries of "Down with the police state" or "Darmanin in the Vilaine", the river that crosses the Breton capital. "I came out of solidarity with the Comoros and to protest against France's brutal measures in Mayotte, it's very violent and there is a way to manage it differently," Theodore Sobezy, cable editor, told AFP. 32 years old.
In Strasbourg, the demonstrators were around 110, gathered behind two banners "Neither border, nor nation, freedom of movement" and "Against racism, against fascism, regularization of all undocumented migrants". Among them, Sandra Regol, EELV/Nupes deputy, denounced a government which "rolls out a red carpet at the national rally" and which "makes dangerous choices for democracy and for France".
In the morning, a hundred people also gathered in front of the courthouse in Nîmes.