Another migrant killed : Protests at the port of Calais
The successive deaths of a 17 year old Iranian migrant, who fell from a truck that he was trying to hide in to reach England on 30th January
(see article below) and a migrant killed by a bullet in the chest
on 2nd February has caused a wave of outrage.
On 4th February, thirty migrants, mainly Syrians and Egyptians marched to the port to carry out a sit-in to demonstrate their anger at the death of migrants and the inhumane living conditions people face in Calais.
Four vans of CRS (riot police) and a few police cars were quick to
arrive at the end of the port and controlled the migrants, also trying to intimidate people with insults. The CRS then filmed the control, zooming in on each migrant and activist present.
Police violence is systematic in Calais, the control yesterday is a daily recurrence of how cops like to deal with migrants : insults, provocations, checking papers and recurring harassment is the daily routine here.
The reality is that there is no intention to allow for anywhere for people to be able to live. Migrants congregate on land, blankets and tarpaulins used to protect people from cold, wind and rain that flood the tents. The living conditions of migrants are without dignity, new migrants arrive every day and it is more difficult to find blankets and clothes for them, the tents are increasingly rare and the few occupied homes are regularly expelled, illegally destroyed and tents are regularly torn and broken by the cops.