On the 23rd November 2020 police cleared out a new migrant camp at Place de la République in the heart of Paris. The migrant camp of around 500 blue tents had recently been set up by volunteers and were quickly filled by migrants, mostly Afghans. Police used shocking violence and tear gas as they dismantled the camp and videos of this excessive violence quickly circulated on social media.
The following night, an unauthorized demonstration took place at Place de la Republique to protest against what had happened the previous night as well as to show solidarity towards the refugees. This recording captures some of the atmosphere during the demonstration.
At the time, demonstrations were not authorised due to the coronavirus epidemic. The way the refugees had been treated by the police shocked many, and all who came out to demonstrate took the risk of being fined. Despite this, the turnout was significant and media coverage helped increase awareness to a wider audience.