(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, 02 APR – There is a storm on the dem mayor of New York Eric Adams, compared to the former Republican mayor Rudy Giuliani because, after chasing the homeless from the subway, he is now unleashing the police to evacuate those he lives on the street in tents or makeshift shelters. Some municipal representatives and human rights defenders argue that there are no safe places for the homeless. Many of them avoid ‘shelters’ preferring to sleep under bridges, on sidewalks or, until recently, in the metro and transit hubs.
“People have the right to be concerned and we have a responsibility to respond to their fears, we have to do it in a way that doesn’t bring back the Giuliani era, when all problems were solved by arresting African Americans and criminalizing poverty,” he accused. in the New York Times city councilor Diana Ayala, a Bronx Democrat whose brother suffered from mental health problems and homeless wandering. Her reference goes back to over 20 years ago, when the then mayor Giuliani deployed the police to arrest anyone who refused to go to a shelter, stating that those who are homeless do not have the right to sleep on the sidewalks. Adams did not go so far: “we are not chasing people off the sidewalks, they have the right to sleep on the street but not the right to build miniature houses”, explained the mayor, a former police captain who proposes himself as “the new face of the democratic party”. So, citing the municipal health code, he declared war on makeshift shelters using agents to eliminate the camps.
250 have been cleared so far but Adams is launching a second round of checks. “I’m not abandoning anyone, but I don’t think dignity is living in a cardboard box, without a shower, a toilet, that’s just inhuman,” he noted. The problem, according to her detractors, is that she offers no alternatives and does nothing but ignore what is a real social emergency. (HANDLE).
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