People assaulted by PAF trying to visit people detained in Coquelles

Two people who were visiting friends detained in Coquelles detention centre were assaulted by police as they were being expelled from the centre following a dispute about visitation rights.

The police had become annoyed at being questioned about the legal justification for refusing to allow people detained to be visited or receive tobacco, and about being asked for their identities (which they refused to give) and felt justified in forcefully removing the two people; badly bloodying one person’s nose and bruising the arms and legs as that person was dragged out by four police officers.