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Protest in support of refugees in Calais

by Guy Smallman
Issue No. 2158

Queuing for food parcels (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Queuing for food parcels (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

In the French port town of Calais over 700 refugees queue for food parcels from the Salam charity every day.

Since the closure of the Sangatte refugee camp in 2002 over a thousand continue to sleep rough. Two years ago the majority were Iraqis. Now they are mostly Afghans fleeing the occupation of their country.

Whether they are escaping persecution or poverty, all are desperate for a new life. Attacks by racists and the border police remain a problem.

Saturday saw several thousand march through Calais in support of the refugees. This followed a week of action at a camp organised by the No Borders group.

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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