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Anger as politicians pledge to demolish Calais 'jungle'

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2524

The Calais jungle camp in January this year

The Calais 'jungle' camp in January this year (Pic: Zak Cochrane)


The “jungle” shantytown of refugees in Calais is to be demolished “in the next few weeks”, French prime minister Manuel Valls vowed last Sunday.

Around 10,000 people—including over 1,000 unaccompanied children—are stuck in poverty there because Britain won’t let them cross the border.

French police used water cannon on protesting migrants and supporters in Calais last Saturday.

The protesters opposed the demolition plan—and the new wall being built by the Tories.

The authorities banned the demonstration, and cops blocked four coachloads of migrants and activists from Paris.

Valls aims to deport some of the migrants in Calais, and scatter the majority into special asylym centres around France.

But mayors in villages earmarked to host them are resisting the plan. The centre right Republicans and fascist Front National have also called protests.

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) joint secretary Weyman Bennett called the demolition “an insult to the process of asylum”.

He told Socialist Worker, “We should let all the refugees in the “jungle” into Britain.”


Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 8 October - Stand Up To Racism Conference
  • Friday 14 October - Day of action for the Dubs amendment. Local events to get refugee children into Britain
  • Saturday 15 October - Help refugee children, protest in Parliament Square, London, 2pm
  • November - Islamophobia Awareness Month with Mend, MAB and other groups
  • December - Calais winter appeal
  • Saturday 18 March 2017 - National demonstrations against racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia and to welcome migrants and refugees

For more go to standuptoracism.org.uk


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