Hundreds of illegal immigrants in Paris, France flooded into the Charles de Gaulle Airport and disrupted travel until their demands were met.
The group of an estimated 400 members made a list of demands before leaving, including a meeting with French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, BizPac Review reports.
The reports adds:
If that wasn’t egregious enough, a protester was heard shouting into a loudspeaker: “France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!”
A video of the incident was shared online by freelance journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis, who added that the illegal immigrants “won’t let people board their flights until they meet and talk with the prime minister Édouard Philippe.”
According to the report, the group was organized and supported by “La Chapelle Debout,” a “migrant support group.”
The group said in a statement they want to meet with Philippe over France’s asylum policy and the leaders of Air France — they are demanding that the airline “stop any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations,” according to The Post.
They also promised future actions.
Dimpinoudis said in subsequent tweets that only one terminal was shut down and that the illegal immigrants are from African descent and are demanding legal status, with no plans to leave the airport.
Dimpinoudis tweeted that the incident had ended without further incident.
BizPac Review reports a similar effort in the United States was pitched by Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Our nation is in a moral crisis,” she said via Newsweek, speaking about United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials separating children from their parents at the border.
“We have to have a rapid response,” she added. “And I think every day that we go on, especially a day when something that heinous happens, we have to occupy all of it. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”
And: “We have to show people that we’re willing to walk the walk. We need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to LaGuardia airport. We need to be ready to drop everything and go straight to our local ICE agency.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.