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Calais camp demolition update – Tuesday 1st March

Demolition continued in camp today. There were fires but no teargas during the day. CRS (riot) police arrived early in the morning to form a human shield between the main area of the camp and the section they are currently demolishing, mostly inhabited by Iranians and Sudanese. Volunteers were not able to go beyond this blockade to help anyone move or to hear information being given by the Prefecture to the refugees affected. Dismantling of shelters continued, this time both manually and with bulldozers in full force. We estimate around 70 have been demolished over the past two days, affecting a population of 250-300.

Most of the occupants were able to pack a few things and move to other parts of the camp.

Some wishing to peacefully protest sat on the roof of their shelters but one husband and wife were subjected to enforced police eviction and arrest.

This evening volunteers moved 50 caravans, all housing families to a safer area within the camp.

We are unable to clarify how many spaces are currently remaining in the containers but at the start of the day yesterday there were just 140 left and we know that many more individuals and families have now been moved in.

Some people are taking the option to be bused to Centres of Accommodation around France (there are two buses on standby daily but often leave half empty) but for the time being, most are either trying to temporarily move to the North of the camp, or they have begun seeking out alternative camps to head to.

The overall mood in camp was a feeling of sad resignation.


Twitter

A couple of the tweets from today –

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Video shot at 9am this morning by one of our team showing a young Iranian Kurdish couple, well know to us, peacefully protesting their eviction before being forced to the ground and beaten with batons by police. They have since been arrested. The husband was screaming that his wife was pregnant. This is not the calm, dignified, humanitarian demolition of the camp that has been promised by the French authorities.

This video footage is available to licence exclusively from Verifeye Media.

Refugees beaten by police Calais Jungle

CALAIS – VIDEO OF COUPLE BEING BEATEN BY POLICEVideo shot at 9am this morning by one of our team who told us it showed a young Iranian Kurdish couple, well know to us, peacefully protesting their eviction before being beaten back with batons by police and forced to the ground. They have since been arrested. Our volunteer added that the husband was screaming that his wife was pregnant. Last week the French authorities promised a calm, dignified, humanitarian demolition of the camp.This video footage is available to licence exclusively from Verifeye Media

Posted by Help Refugees on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News had this report from the camp yesterday.


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