The occupants of the former Sainte-Marie home, in the heart of Rouen, were evacuated this Tuesday morning by the police, eight people were taken into custody. Fighting against a developer who wants to build a luxury residence, they denounce a violation of the winter break.
The threat loomed, but no one seemed to really believe it. After almost seven months of occupation in this former home for young girls intended to become a luxury residence, the Jardins Joyeux activists were evacuated on Tuesday. A large police force was deployed there from eight o’clock in the morning, leaving the 15 to 20 people who lived there no other choice than to take their belongings and leave.
In particular, there were two families and several undocumented residents who will have to find emergency accommodation. A paradoxical situation knowing that, according to some activists, several people had already been directed to the Jardins Joyeux by the 115 lack of sufficient accommodation elsewhere.
Still, the Seine-Maritime prefecture has decided to obey the decision of the Rouen Court of Appeal of December 17. The court had decided to leave a deadline until January 10 for the application of a court decision of immediate expulsion dated October 29. To the chagrin of the activists and their lawyer Chloé Chalot, who had seized the execution judge to obtain additional time. The hearing was to be held on January 5, before being postponed to February 2. “I am very surprised because the hearing was postponed at the request of the promoter who was to examine our request. Instead, they preferred to initiate the evacuation, reacts the lawyer to Liberation. Especially since the decision of December 17 is not clear: it does not decide on the winter truce that we are asking for and excludes the assault which would have made it possible not to apply it. “
The operation first took place calmly, in part thanks to the presence on site of several elected municipal environmentalists including Jean-Michel Bérégovoy, Laura Slimani and Stéphane Martot. But when they left to warn the mayor, who was only informed of the evacuation after the event, eight occupants were arrested and placed in police custody. They had started a sit-in at the corner of rue des deux anges and rue de Joyeuse. “They just wanted to get their things and their chickens by blocking the traffic, indignant Jean-Michel Bérégovoy, leader of elected environmentalists. Instead, we stop them because they refuse to stand up. Apparently there is a video where we see a girl getting a slap and another activist pulled by the hair. “
The elected official is very upset against this surprise intervention, proof according to him of the action of a government which plays it “Strong against the weak and weak against the strong”. Enough to re-mobilize the many supporters of the occupation called to gather on Tuesday evening in front of the home, including many environmental and heritage defense associations. All reject the project of the promoter Sedelka-Europrom which foresees the destruction of most of the 4000m2 of gardens, one of the last lungs of greenery in downtown Rouen, but also of part of the building and its wealth. heritage. A 121 housing project with 110 parking spaces which also worries local residents. They fear a rise in real estate prices and a congestion of the narrow streets of this old working-class district of Rouen.
“We will continue to work on a graceful appeal against the amending permit signed by the mayor on November 27, advances Bertrand Rouziès, of the association for the defense of the heritage of Boise de Saint-Nicaise. What should be remembered is that any destruction on the site would be illegal, under the heritage code, the ABF [architecte des bâtiments de France] visibly granting a derogatory regime to the promoter who is not motivated or justified anywhere. “ According to Jean-Michel Bérégovoy, with this occupation, Sedelka-Europrom shoots himself in the foot: “We are going to spoil their project for them and do everything to ensure that they no longer give up a foothold in Rouen”.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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