Numbers low

The number of activists in Calais is quite low at the moment, and it is therefore difficult to keep track of the arrests, let alone to be there when it happens. After the docks were evicted, after migrants were arrested and then released again, after their belongings were taken and destroyed, you would think that they would have enough of Calais and give up. Well, no. They’re still here, and they still look to get to England some day. They have simply regrouped in other places which I will not detail in order to assure them some safety from police raids. Yesterday, one migrant told me of such a raid in the new Sudanese jungle, and once again the procedure is recognizable: police officers not arresting anyone, but counting how many people there are, probably with a future destruction in mind. This morning, as I was checking to see if anything was going on yet on the platforms of the ex-docks [nothing was], I saw a police car head to what I’ll call the ‘other’ docks. Again, 4 police officers surrounded it, and went in, and then got out and drove away. Counting again how many people there were inside, I’m guessing. Speaking of the docks, I did see a security guard with a dog, two days ago. Here he is:img_4569

If you can’t believe what your eyes are seeing, maybe I can describe it with words. The docks are completely fenced up. No one can enter. But this guy is patrolling the place with a dog. There’s nothing; you cannot enter. But still, you never know. Some migrant might sneakily hide under a plastic bag. Sneaky migrants.

On a more serious note, we are thinking of actions to carry out, but as I said, our numbers are so low that it would be difficult to put them into place. You have no idea how difficult it is to mount projects and get them running when you also have to do patrols and help people out with basic necessities. We are barely keeping up here. Speaking of necessities, a lot of people are asking for blankets, so if you’re unsure what to do from where you are, this seems like an important task, especially given that the temperature is likely to fall down to a considerable extent. -Matt