Paris crack: anne hidalgo judges that it “is not acceptable that the state lets the situation rot”

Paris crack: anne hidalgo judges that it “is not acceptable that the state lets the situation rot”
Municipal police patrol on May 19, 2021 in the Eole garden in Paris, which as been closed to the public for several days to the public to serve as a venue for crack addicts and keep them away from public areas around Stalingrad square. In late 2019, authorities cleared the so-called “Crack Hill” at the foot of a highway interchange near Porte de la Chapelle. Since then, users of this highly addictive drug have started gathering near Porte d’Aubervilliers and Stalingrad / AFP / JOEL SAGET

Joël saget / afp“It is also up to the State to take care of drug addicts. In an interview with the figaro, the mayor of paris, anne hidalgo, denounced on Saturday, May 22, the state’s “short-term policy” to fight the use of crack in the capital. On Monday, May 17, the public authorities decided to temporarily regroup drug addicts in the gardens of eole, a public park in the 18th arrondissement of the capital now open at night, in an attempt to limit the nuisances.

This decision follows the rise of tensions and the exasperation of the residents in the face of the ubiquitous crack smokers in the stalingrad district, about 500 metres from the gardens of Eole. Everything accelerated after the night of April 30 to May 1, during which fireworks mortars were fired in the direction of drug addicts gathered under the windows of the inhabitants of the 15, avenue de flandre. Wednesday 19, more than a hundred residents of the Sd’Eole garden protested against the decision of the public authorities to concentrate in the park, both day and night, these crack users.

“Give us our park,” “the eole park for our children”, could be read on the signs attached to the public garden grids of the 18th arrondissement. Read also residents protest against the grouping of crack smokers in the gardens of Eole à paristhe world with afp