Housing: a right to be respected
both in France and in Canada
OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Scores of FRAPRU members will pitch tents
in front of the French Embassy in Canada and then in front of the official
residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.
By this double action, the Quebec housing coalition intends, first of
all, to call on the French government of Nicolas Sarkozy to take its
responsibilities with regards to the needs of the 215 poorly housed families
that have been camping out for a month and a half on rue de la Banque, in the
heart of the Paris financial district. These families have pursued their
struggle since October 3rd, resisting multiple police efforts to oust them by
taking apart their camp, seizing their tents, sleeping bags, blankets and
tarps and conducting arrests. Their steadfast resistance has won them support
from many organizations and personalities, including actors Gérald Depardieu,
Emmanuelle Béart and Carole Bouquet.
FRAPRU will also take this occasion to recall that if the France of
Nicolas Sarkozy is far from fully respecting the right to housing, it is also
the case with the Canada of Stephen Harper who was recently reprimanded by
Miloon Kothari, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing.
As well as installing a second tent, this time in front of the official
residence of Stephen Harper, FRAPRU members will endeavour to deliver to him a
copy of the Preliminary Observations that were made public by Mr. Kothari last
October 22nd and to which the Canadian government has not officially
Date: Tuesday November 20th
1:00 p.m.: Gathering and installation of a tent in front of the French
Embassy at 42 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
1:30 p.m.: March to the official residence at 24 Sussex Drive.
Installation of a second tent and delivery of the report by the UN
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing to the residence of Prime
Minister Harper. Followed by an outdoor soup kitchen.
For further information:
For further information: François Saillant, FRAPRU, (514) 522-1010,
(514) 919-2843 (cell); François Roy, Logemen'occupe de l'Outaouais, (819)
778-1325; (613) 277-6507 (cell)