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French president wants to destroy the Calais camp

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2523

The camp after the bulldozers moved in at the start of February

Part of the camp after the bulldozers moved in at the start of February (Pic: Guy Smallman)

French president Francois Hollande spoke in Calais on Monday. He pledged that the “jungle” refugee settlement there would be “completely and definitively dismantled” by the end of the year.

Some 10,000 people are trapped there by Britain’s border—including over 1,000 lone children.

Activists gathered in Calais on Sunday to mark the death of a refugee on the road by the port last Saturday night—the thirteenth known death this year.

The demolition of half the camp earlier this year scattered refugees and made conditions even worse.

France has detained dozens of people for deportation this month alone. Not to be outdone, Britain’s government has begun construction of a new wall at the border.

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), together with Labour peer and former child refugee Alf Dubs, have called a day of action on Friday 14 October.

SUTR joint secretary Weyman Bennett said, “We’re standing in solidarity with the refugees because of this immediate threat. They should be welcomed here—not thrown all over France.”

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