- Posted October 19, 2013 by
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Leonarda Dibrani wants to return to France
Leonarda Dibrani was in a school trip when police took her and her family and returned them to Kosovo, her father's native country after asylum application had been rejected ! This action from police caused protests from students in whole France.
Third week of October found Leonarda Dibrani in another state, in a home with minimal conditions to live, without friends and without school !
From France to Kosovo it is the change wich happened to the life of Leonarda Dibrani wich was in a school trip when police took her and her family and returned them to Kosovo, her father's native country after asylum application had been rejected !
This action of police caused protest where thousands of students marched through the streets of Paris on Friday demanding that she be allowed to return to France, and Socialist lawmakers warned the party was at risk of "losing its soul" with tough deportation tactics.
Hundreds of students gathered on Saturday in northern Paris to call for Interior Minister Manuel Valls to resign.
After that president Francois Hollande said on Saturday that a 15-year-old schoolgirl whose expulsion from France has sparked uproar could return to pursue her studies but without her family, a compromise following criticism from left-wing allies
But Dibrani, speaking from the Kosovo city of Mitrovica, said that she did not want to return to France without her family.
"I've refused because I want to go with family, not by myself - I can't fend for myself,"
Leonarda Dibrani and her family have been given a flat and a small allowance in the Kosovo city of Mitrovica, where they have been speaking to French journalists about the shock of being sent to a region where they are strangers, unable to speak Albanian.
Resat Dibrani told media in Kosovo, where he and his family were expelled, that he had lied to the French authorities when he said his family was from the breakaway Serbian region.
In fact, only he was born there while, according to him, his daughter Leonarda and other members of his family were born in Italy.
"We lied to the authorities when we said we were from Kosovo," he told Reuters news agency.
It emerged in France that the father was investigated by French authorities for allegedly beating his family