The Parisian promoters La Toilette have come under heavy criticism. After hosting a rave in a car park right next to a refugee camp.
United Migrants runs a refugee camp that houses 225 residents. They spoke to Electronic Beats about how events unfolded in the lead up to the fiasco. La Toilette reportedly contacted United Migrants at 4 pm on September 4th about throwing a party at midnight. The event organisers promised the United Migrants organisation they would donate a sum to help with maintenance, assuring there would be a maximum of 500 partygoers.
La Toilette is said to have “broke every promise”, and the promoters themselves did not show up until 3 am. At this point, there were over 1,500 attendees & the police had also arrived.
Attendees had been unaware of the proximity to the refugee camp and were horrified upon arrival. La Toilette then released a statement on their Facebook page with no apology but rather a claim that the party was being postponed until the next weekend. They finally added the party was to support the United Migrants residence & the manager of United Migrants residence had accepted the offer.
The majority of comments below the post were from partygoers demanding to know where the money spent on tickets was going and why La Toilette decided on this location. One comment demanded proof of profits transferred to the refugee organisation:
‘We want proof of transfer of profits to the association which takes care of the migrants! When did you think it was okay to party next to their accommodation for 20 hours!’
Les Eveillés, a collective that works to raise money for refugees, said now the refugees living in the camp at Vitry-sur-Seine are at risk of being evicted, with a meeting called between the landlord, United Migrants and the local authorities.
“La Toilette ran out of options and rushed into this alternative without caring about the consequences,” she told Electronic Beats. “Now the building’s future is even more uncertain.”
Further to this one of the DJs due to play at the event also shared a statement on his Instagram:
“Dear queer people, yes, it is a little girl in the middle of a party this last Saturday night. What happened this weekend goes against all my values.”
Read Nymed’s full post here.