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News :: International
France: Calais Refugee Camp Evicted
07 Mar 2016
Since over a week, the French government has been violently evicting the estimated 3,500 people living in the south half of the Calais refugee camp, located in northern France at the border to the UK. The eviction began on February 29th, as shelters were bulldozed and many caught fire after being hit by teargas canisters. In spite of police use of gas, water cannons and violence, many of the camp's residents have resisted and 12 Iranians have gone on hunger strike since March 2nd.
Since over a week, the French government has been violently evicting the estimated 3,500 people living in the south half of the Calais refugee camp, located in northern France at the border to the UK. The eviction began on February 29th, as shelters were bulldozed and many caught fire after being hit by teargas canisters. In spite of police use of gas, water cannons and violence, many of the camp's residents resisted by standing on top of their roofs and refusing to leave. One woman slashed her wrists and was dragged away by the polce. Since March 2nd, 12 Iranians living in the camp began a hunger strike, a number of them sewing their lips together. In the past week, solidarity actions have taken place across the globe (chronicled here: http://rabble.org.uk/calais-jungle-eviction-chronology-of-resistance-ong/). The hunger strikers made an international call for solidarity actions today, on March 7th: in response we made a small banner drop in Cambridge, MA to express our support.
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Some Background Info on Calais
Calais is the biggest and busiest port operating between the UK and north west Europe and as such has become a bottleneck for all those trying to make it into the UK. Immigration law makes it near impossible for the vast majority of non-nationals to enter the country: You need a visa to do so, for which you need money and must satisfy a strict criteria. Unless you are already in the country on a visa, you cannot claim asylum from abroad. British law therefore necessitates illegal entry to the UK for almost all those who want to claim asylum. This forces migrants, most of whom have survived war and other forms of violence – and many of whom are very young – to risk their lives making clandestine entries in or under lorries that travel to the UK. Many people have died and countless others have been injured in this process.

More info can be found at Calais Migrant Solidarity's website: https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

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Re: France: Calais Refugee Camp Evicted
07 Mar 2016
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