Tuesday, January 18

Calais: a migrant camp evacuated after clashes with the police

Migrants were evacuated this Sunday, January 2 at the beginning of the afternoon from a land they occupied in Calais, three days after violent clashes with the police on the same site.

The operation had “two purposes”, according to the deputy prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Patrick Leleu. It was a question both of “carrying out the evacuation which could not be carried out Thursday because of the clashes” and “if possible to proceed to arrests”, in connection with this episode.

Present on the spot, a member of the inter-associative network Human Rights Observers (HRO) denounced to AFP a “really violent” expulsion, with a very large number of police and gendarmes, tear gas used “for nothing” and migrants “chased so that they could not take their belongings”.

Several arrests

The activist reported three arrests, a figure not confirmed by the prosecution. According to the latter, around 200 migrants, mostly Sudanese and often minors, lived in this camp, already dismantled several weeks ago. “It is a forced displacement, without offer of accommodation”, she pointed out.

The site is located near a roundabout where migrants regularly attempt to board heavy goods vehicles in the hope of being able to reach the United Kingdom.


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