VIDEO of police violence in Calais just after Interior Minister Cazeneuve visit (4th May 2015)

These images were captured on the 5th of May 2015, beginning at 8 am and continuing throughout the day on the motorway branch leading to the ferry port of Calais (A216). These are just some examples of the everyday police brutality against people who attempt to cross the channel from Calais to the UK by hiding inside trucks. Calais Migrant Solidarity also intends to recall the difficult conditions faced when documenting police violence.

1 – at 0’12, Three members of the French riot police (CRS) force a person who was hidden in a truck to the other side of the motorway guardrail. At the end of the sequence (0’22) a second police officer discharges a burst of tear gas while the two persons were fleeing.

2 – at 0’28 “,A CRS officer removes a person from a truck and pushes him violently over the guardrail.

3 – at 0’42 “On the motorway junction A16) towards the Eurotunnel the police spray pepperspray from a van against a group of migrants. (a policecar slows down and discharges a burst of tear gas passing near agroup of migrants on the the other side of the guardrail to deter them from trying to cross.)

4 – at 0’51 “, One person is violently thrown over the guardrail by the police. After that a CRS officer assaults another person, kicking him to the ground. The person assaulted gets up and tries to run away but then receives kicks and punches and is pushed violently over the guardrail. At 1’09 (left of the image) a CRS officer uses pepper spray against people who are walking away.

5 – at 1’15 “, A CRS officer removes a person from a truck and violently pushes him over the guardrail.

6 -at 1’24 “, A CRS officer threatens a group of people by running towards them with a baton screaming, as it if he was playing with them.

7 – at 1’40 “A scene shot 22th of April 2015 near the junction of the A16 and Eurotunnel where police chase a member of a group who were documenting

police violence, they stop him, floor him and push his head into the ground with a knee.

8 – at 1’55 “: A CRS officer hits the guardrail with his baton, threatening a group of people.

Recall that in January the NGO Human Rights Watch published a report denouncing police violence, resulting in a condescending reaction dénégatrice the Ministry of the Interior (“the Government deployscomprehensive and appropriate responses.”).

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VIDEO: Calais Police hand truck driver baton to assist in violence against refugees

On Wednesday the 15th of April 2015 one of our cop watch teams captured this footage of two CRS riot police handing a truck driver their batons, with the intention of assisting him in the illegal assault of refugees found in the back of his lorry. We have heard many stories from migrants about how the police beat them in the back of trucks where you are ‘at their mercy’ and there are no witnesses. This sadistic tactic is used to deter refugees travelling to Britain. The footage was captured near the entrance of the Euro-Tunnel and shows French police breaking French law by handing a lorry driver their weapons and watching as he uses them to assault or intimidate unarmed and vulnerable people inside his vehicle. You see the police handing their batons to the driver at 1 minute 16 seconds and 1 minute 50 seconds in the video.

CRS hand driver baton 1min16secPolice hand another baton to driver 1min 50sec

At 2 minutes 53 seconds you see a migrant coming out of the truck. From 4 minutes 10 seconds you can see the CRS van registration AL 178 JH, despite distortion created by the heat of the day. We apologize for filming this crime at long range and not intervening but have learned from bitter experience that making ourselves known to the police results in cop watch teams being assaulted, arrested and having their cameras destroyed, leaving the violence to continue undocumented. This video clearly shows the French state breaking its own laws in order to assist the British state in its dirty and illegal war of intimidation against refugees. Unfortunately this is not an exceptional incident but an example of the disgusting tactics deployed every day to enforce the border in Calais.

Who was Jules Ferry?

The Jules Ferry Day Center is officially opened. While presentetd as a humanitarian solution to what (right wing) media, politicians and the state call „migrant crisis“ it is mainly a place of control, repression and segregation and stands for the racist and neo-colonialist imigration policy of UK and France. We should have expected nothing less than it being named after a colonialist. It would be cynical if it wasn’t so self-evident.

Jules Ferry is known for being a politician and prime minister of France in the late 19th century. He is famous and celebrated for introducing free primary education for boys. Nonetheless even a brief internet research shows everybody that Jules Ferry was a racist, proponent of colonialism and instigated for example the colonization of Tunesia. In a speach 1884 he stated amongst other things:”We must say openly that indeed the higher races have a right over the lower races…”. He supported colonialism to ensure France the „first rank“ in the world just like now the French governement supports the ongoing explotation and migrants from the global south in Europe to ensure their economic and political power. However because his politics of colonial expansion and explotation of areas in Africa was not (fully) supported by the parliament he was forced to resign in 1885. Nonetheless he is now listed multiple times as one of France’s outstanding personalities and the naming of roads, buildings and institutions shows how uncritical the French state is of him.

Now People who are in Calais because of the violence of colonialism and neo-colonialism in their home countries are forced to use the new day center that is named after a racist and colonialist.
This is nor a surprise or a contradiction, it just shows exactly what the Day center Jules Ferry is and is meant to be.

#2B Black Is Not A Crime

Neighbours on the east side of the new migrant jungle located near the Jules Ferry Day Centre have paid a contracter to dump large amounts of earth along the encampment. The intention of the erected embankment seems to be to block the view of the jungle from the neighbours large county farmhouse and to stop black people walking near their house.

People living in the jungle came out to protest, sitting on the dirt as construction trucks dumped earth dangerously close to spectators. The police stood by to enforce this construction. Since when is it an issue for the police to enforce construction? Not even on the neighbours land ? Or with a building permit ?


Some people told the police the only reason they are building the embankment is because they are black. That if they were white, it would not happen. Immeadiatly after the trucks and the police left, many people began working together to dig through the wall, to reopen an entrance into the camp.


Police Presence in the new Jungle

It seems that the cops are trying to make their presence felt in the new jungle.

Running above and alongside it, the highway gives a good vantage point for the police to look in on the new jungle. So far there have been many visits from police, just sitting there and spying in from the highway.

There have been reports of police inside the jungle, looking around the camps people have built, and of a helicopter over the space.

Also, it seems that people are being controlled when they come back into the jungle.

Update on Today

As of today the police have failed to come to evict any of the places. Their threats seem to be another tactic of intimidation and exhaustion, forcing people to wake up early.

police plan actions for tomorrow, friday

we got called by friends from the syrian community who live outside the church and the friends who live outside the BCMO saying that the police have gone there today, thursday, once more. The police said that they will come tomorrow, friday to destroy their homes.
The ultimatum to leave for the people in front of the BSMO is friday 6am, the one for the church at 10am.

there  is a request for people to be there in the night and in the morning to support them the moment the police will come.

the police did not go to galloo with the same message but it is possible that they will go there tomorrow too.

please spread this info.


la police plannifier des qctions pour demain, vendredi

nous nous sommes appelés par des amis de la communauté syrienne qui vivent en dehors de l’église et les amis qui vivent à l’extérieur du BCMO disant que la police y ont passé aujourd’hui, jeudi, une fois de plus. La police a dit qu’ils vont venir demain, vendredi à détruire leur domicile.
L’ultimatum de quitter pour les personnes en face de la BSMO est vendredi 6 heures, l’une pour l’église à 10h.

il ya une demande pour les gens d’être là dans la nuit et le matin pour les soutenir au moment où la police viendra.

la police ne est pas allé Galloo avec le même message, mais il est possible qu’ils y aller demain aussi.
s’il vous plaît diffuser cette information.