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Protesters occupy nuncio's office in Paris

Catholic World News - December 31, 2012

Protesters occupied the offices of the apostolic nuncio in Paris on December 31, to protest the decision by Church officials to evict squatters from a church in Lille.

Undocumented immigrants, mostly from Algeria, have been using the Lille church as a homeless shelter since November. Church officials eventually acted to remove them to preserve the sacred space. To protest that action, about 50 people invaded the nunciature, hanging a banner out the window to question the Church’s dedication to the rights of immigrants.

Riot police responded to the invasion—which was regarded by law-enforcement as a serious offense, since the nunciature is a protected embassy—but no arrests were reported. The demonstrators agreed to leave peacefully after registering their protest.

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