Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
We are indeed in a sorry state.
Last Saturday, an Afghan migrant and failed refugee asylum applicant (as the article below discusses) attacked a number of people at a bus stop outside a metro station in a municipality just outside of Lyon, one of France’s major cities in the centre-east of the country, not far from Geneva. Using a kitchen knife and a barbecue fork, he injured several and killed one in a stabbing spree.
According to the AFP report through the Sud-Ouest site, referenced below, you have someone completely unable to fit into society through lack of education and mental health issues (did he have these already or are they a result of wandering around Europe for 10 years?) and maybe even a drug problem, who doesn’t qualify for actual refugee status but is granted some sort of asylum that keeps getting renewed, and who allegedly cannot be sent back to his country. It’s a ridiculous, administrative no-mans land, in which actual people end up getting hurt and even killed, in which taxpayers will now be paying dearly for this man’s care and incarceration of some sort. Meanwhile, many French (represented by the Gilets Jaunes) are living in a precarious economic state as the State makes endless rounds of cuts to rural regions and as many sectors of society have been on strike due to underfunding, cutbacks in services or privatisation plans. Austerity for citizens but not for illegals?
We also connect back to a report we ran yesterday, originally from Paul Joseph Watson at Summit News. A Dutch-Turkish businessman returned from holiday only to find 40 failed asylum applicants from Africa had trashed his refurbished business premises in Amsterdam, turning them into a squat. The owner, on camera, was then told in no uncertain terms by these Africans to get out of his own building, that they had rights to squat there. Is this a group of 40 in exactly the same limbo-land as the Afghan in Lyon? See Amsterdam: Businessman Returns From Vacation to Find His Property Occupied by 40 Asylum Seekers.
Meanwhile I am reminded of what a mayor said to Macron back in January, 2019 in the first televised round with French mayors of his so-called Great Debate, which was an intensive, ongoing propaganda exercise during the height of the Gilets Jaunes protests to show that the government cared and was listening. (The second mayoral debate was not broadcast live after this.) Brigitte Barèges (pictured), mayor of Montauban (north of Toulouse, not too far from the Spanish border), actually had the courage to publicly go up against Macron about immigration issues, including the preferential status given to asylum applicants over suffering French citizens. On air she actually described how one of her constituents, an 81 year old woman, was attacked and sodomized by a failed asylum seeker from Algeria. This report is difficult to find in the mainstream media, indicative of the larger problem of censorship. Here is the link, from RiposteLaique: Face à Macron l’alchimiste, Brigitte Barèges a sauvé l’honneur des maires. For this she was immediately booed and hissed by some of her colleagues.
We also remind readers of a report we ran this week of 3 young Génération Identitaire leaders who have each received 6-month prison sentences, as well as fines, for protesting and checking illegal migrants as they passed through an informal alpine border-crossing point near Italy in April of 2018. See Three Young French Identitarians receive harsh prison sentences for Alps border action.
What have we come to?
Deadly knife attack in Lyon revives immigration debate
One of the witnesses who overpowered the assailant in Lyon said that suspect was showing “his veins saying ‘droga, droga'”
LYON – With two names and three different birth dates, as well as ten years of wandering around in the four corners of Europe … the case of Sultan Marmed Niazi, an Afghan national and author of the deadly knife attack of Villeurbanne, on Saturday is particularly murky. Or not…
While some hasten to reduce the problem to psychological and medical causes, the case revived the tense debate on the migration issue in France.
After the Villeurbanne knife attack by Afghan national Sultan Marmed Niazi (33), which caused the death of a 19-year-old and wounded eight people, the political reactions sounded like a horrible repetition.
Even though the suspect is Muslim, “nothing allows us to conclude radicalization”, the Lyon prosecutor said.
As usual, his psychological profile was highlighted by several sources: he is “suffering from delirious episodes and paranoia […] or more of a psychological profile” which strangely often seems to be the case among asylum seekers.
So the problem is framed as a psychiatric one as a result of the suspect’s many addictions. “He had used a lot of cannabis,” said the same prosecutor.
But after the Afghan, holding a residence permit in France, killed one person and wounded eight others in Villeurbanne, the former prefect Michel Aubouin deplored the inefficiency of the French administration in the management and regulation of immigration in France.
“He [the Afghan suspect] belongs to this fairly large group of people who have applied for asylum and who have been denied asylum. They did not get refugee status. But since he stayed in Europe, he had to go to accommodation centers and he has been living in France for several years.
“It is possible that we ended up giving him a temporary residence permit. It’s not exceptional, it’s even relatively common. That’s the way it works: people who have been denied asylum rights are not allowed to go back to their homes – for a number of reasons, not least because they cannot be returned home – and they end up with a residence permit. And this, on the pretext that it is better that they are regularized rather than have nothing at all,” Aubouin explained.
This Afghan migrant, who gave the authorities several identities and several ages, enjoyed the status of “subsidiary protection”, according to information from the AFP reported by Ouest-France. He arrived in France without a family in 2016 (ER: although he first arrived in France in 2009 and then subsequently went to other countries including Italy, Germany and Norway), and the asylum seeker obtained this protection from the OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) in May 2018.
According to the Office, the latter is granted “to any person whose situation does not meet the definition of refugee status but for whom there are serious and proven grounds for believing that he would run a real risk in his country”, as the death penalty, torture or a “serious and individual threat to his life” because of “a situation of armed conflict”.
This status allows the beneficiary to have a temporary residence permit for one year, which is renewable. As stated by the prosecutor in Lyon, the suspect’s card was due to expire next January.
Cited by AFP, the director of the OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration), explained that the suspect was housed in a center for asylum seekers, even if this situation was no longer allowed by his status.
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