Protesters wall off ac­cess to French mi­grant shel­ter

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Protesters in a town in south­west France have built a nearly-two-me­ter-high wall around the en­trance to a dis­used ho­tel to try to pre­vent it be­ing turned into a mi­grant shel­ter. Work­ing un­der cover of dark­ness, a few dozen res­i­dents of Se­meac in the Pyre­nees moun­tains erected a wall 18 me­ters long and 1.8 me­ters high bar­ring ac­cess to the For­mule 1 ho­tel, a spokesman for the group con­firmed. “We not against tak­ing in mi­grants,” Lau­rent Teix­eira told AFP. “But you have to take ac­count of the cit­i­zens.” Teix­eira accused the au­thor­i­ties of fail­ing to con­sult res­i­dents about the project to turn the for­mer bud­get ho­tel into a shel­ter for up to 85 mi­grants.

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