Migrants were evacuated from occupied land in Calais this Sunday, January 2, three days after violent clashes with police at the same location early in the afternoon.
According to Patrick Lele, deputy prosecutor for Boulogne-sur-Mer, the operation had “two objectives”. It was a question of both “executing the evacuation which could not be done on Thursday due to clashes” and “proceeding to arrest if possible” in relation to the episode.
Present at the scene, a member of the Inter-Associative Network Human Rights Observer (HRO) denounced the “really violent” evictions, which included large numbers of police and gender, the use of tear gas “for nothing” and The migrants “chased”. So that they can’t take their stuff.”
The activist reported three arrests, a number not confirmed by the prosecution. According to the latter, about 200 migrants, mostly Sudanese and often minors, lived in this camp, which had been destroyed several weeks earlier. “It is a forced displacement without an offer of accommodation”, she pointed out.
The site is located near a crossroads where migrants regularly attempt to board heavy goods vehicles in the hope of being able to reach the United Kingdom.
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