Today in Lille, there was a 200 strong demonstration in solidarity with a group of 81 people who have been on hunger strike for 50 days, demanding legal status. Calais Migrant Solidarity attended the demonstration with a Samba band, which was utterly outplayed by the strikers’ supporters who arrived with hand drums and flutes.
The demonstration was lively despite the heavy downpour that kept up for the duration. Traffic was brought to a standstill as the demonstration shut down a sucession of traffic intersections, chanting that the strikers will win and that Hollande imposes the same racist policies as Sarkozy. That morning the strikers occupied a church, but were evicted by the police and afterwards pitched tents outside.