- This Wednesday evening was held the first ceremony of the "Golden Peaks", prizes awarded by the Abbé Pierre Foundation to the worst anti-homeless devices.
- "These anti-SDF devices are integrated into the practices of some architects and town planners who have been redoubling their innovations over the past ten years to create these amenities," denounces Christophe Robert, the Foundation's general delegate.
Prizes to denounce inhuman practices with a squeaky laugh. This Wednesday evening was held the first ceremony of the "Golden Peaks", prizes awarded by the Abbé Pierre Foundation to the worst anti-homeless devices. "A year ago, we launched the platform" soyonshumains.fr "for citizens to post photos of anti-homeless urban equipment. With this satirical award ceremony, we want to invite the company to become aware of how it pushes its excluded even further from the eyes ", explains to 20 minutes, Christophe Robert General Delegate of the Abbé-Pierre Foundation.
And to consult the winners of this year, we can only be surprised by the inventiveness of condominiums, town halls, businesses and businesses to dissuade homeless people from staying at their doorstep. "These anti-SDF devices are integrated in the practices of some architects and town planners who have redoubled innovations for ten years to create these amenities. There are more and more in the hyper center of cities. And some of them exchange their practices in this area, "denounces Christophe Robert.
"It's about preventing a homeless person from lying down"
Thus in the category "Fallait daring", the peak of the most uninhibited device was attributed to a bus shelter without bench with a single seat located at Biarritz, avenue d'Anglet. "It's about preventing a homeless person from lying down," says Christophe Robert. The price "Do what I say, not what I do", praising the most contradictory device has been given to a health center located in Paris which has arranged sorts of grills in front of its doors so that the homeless can not not stop there. "But we could as well have given priority to the city of Lourdes, which has adopted an anti-begging decree", says
The award for the most crafty device titled "Neither seen nor known," was attributed to a Bayard Street storefront in Toulouse, where flower pots seem to be there to decorate. Except that there are peaks on the ground, which makes it clear that this paraphernalia was aimed at keeping homeless people away. Taking the song of MC Solaar, the Pic of the anti-begging decree "Bouge de là" is attributed to the city of Besançon.
Walls peppered with nails
As for the most prominent category, entitled "the nail", "rewarding" the most aggressive device, it is attributed to a bank branch in Paris, whose walls are peppered with nails in case we had the idea of settling there. But France is not alone in having to blush, as shown by the award "It's not better elsewhere", which has been awarded to Sweden. Incredible but true, in this country, the homeless can get a license to beg for 15 euros!
With this highlighting of the worst devices, the Foundation Abbé-Pierre hopes that some of them will be uninstalled: "Last year, the mayor of Paris has removed a development after our bad publicity," says Christophe Robert. "It is important that this pushes everyone to question the impact of these anti-homeless devices. Not only do they prevent the homeless from protecting themselves from the cold, but when they combine with the lack of a water point in the city, public toilets and arrested begging, it becomes a complete exclusion strategy. He denounces.