Tagged: eviction

Procès ce mardi 4 décembre // Trial on Tuesday, 4th December

Ce mardi 4 décembre à 13h, au TGI de Boulogne, aura lieu le procès de 7
personnes, qui ont occupé ou soutenu les occupant-e-s de deux maisons
vides à Calais en janvier dernier. (Plus d’infos sur les expulsions ici.)

Les accusations vont du simple refus de signalétique
(ADN/photos/empreintes) à la dégradation d’une maison en réunion et/ou
d’une serrure en réunion (!).


On Tuesday 4th December, at the tribunal TGI in Boulogne sur Mer, there
will be the trial of 7 persons concerning last January squats. (More infos about these evictions here.)

2 empty houses in Calais were occupied and illegaly evicted.

Starting at 1pm, the trial sees some accused of degradation (those who
occupied) and some of refusing to give DNA+fingerprints+photos (those
who supported the occupiers outside).

Contre les rafles // Against racist raids

L’expulsion “humanitaire” est terminée. Il est maintenant l’heure des rafles systématiques. Tou-tes cell-eux mis-es de côté par la première partie du dispositif de l’État en sont maintenant à la deuxième étape, à la merci des hordes de policiers qui remplissent les rues calaisiennes.

Entre cell-eux qui n’ont pas pu accéder aux bus, les mineur-es que les services “sociaux” n’auront pas jugé comme tel-les, cell-eux qui veulent rester à Calais, etc… ils sont décidément nombreu-ses à avoir été oublié-es par les “diagnostics sociaux” des institutions (les associations humanitaires incluses). Les contrôles et arrestations au faciès se font à tous les coins de rue, les personnes sont emmenées directment dans des centres de rétention, parfois à l’autre bout de la france. C’est là qu’ils font face aux dangers des déportations dans des pays où ils risquent à coup sûr l’enfermement ou la mort.

C’est pour ces raisons que nous vous appelons à porter votre vigilance sur les centres de rétention et les CAO. Le harcèlement et la ségregation de cell-eux qui ne sont coupables que de leur couleur de peau ou de la validité de leurs papiers doivent faire face à notre colère. Ne laissons par leur fascisme envahir nos vies ! Guerre à leurs CRA, OQTF, rafles et à leur déportations !

Envoyez vos infos sur les centres de rétention et les déportations, vos rendez-vous et vos récits d’actions à calais_solidarity@riseup.net.


The “humanitarian” evictions have finished. Now comes the time of systematic raids. All those left behind by the first phase of the government plan are now at the next phase: at the mercy of hordes of police who fill the streets of Calais.

Those who couldn’t access the buses, the minors whom the social services didn’t judge to be minors, and those who want to stay in Calais – there are many who have been forgotten and neglected by the “social diagnostics” carried out by the institutions (including humanitarian associations).

The controls and the arrests, based on racial profiling, are happening everywhere in the city. People are brought directly to deport centers, sometimes in other corners of France. It’s there that they frequently face the danger of deportation to countriers where they risk certain imprisonment or death.

It’s for this reason that we call on you to watch the deport centers and CAO (housing centers). Let’s get angry about the harassement and segregation of those who are guilty only of not being white or having “good” papers. Don’t let fascism ruin the lives of us all! Fight against their deport centers, their raids, and deportations!

Send info about deport centers and detentions, call-outs, and actions to calais_solidarity@riseup.net – for us to know and/or forward.

Some Updates on the Calais Eviction

These days, the threat of imminent eviction is hanging heavily over the jungle and everyone in it. The nervous energy of eviction seems to feed the constant rumours that are spread relentlessly throughout the camp and the media.

Without wanting to fuel this fire further, here are a few of the things that we do and don’t know:

  • Yesterday, the CRS arrived to deliver eviction notices to the shop-owners in the camp. They were told to cease operations and could legally be evicted as soon as tomorrow, October 19, but it seems the eviction of the shops may not yet actually be enforced on this day and could be postponed until the start of the full eviction.
  • For the rest of the camp, many think the eviction may begin at the start of next week, but this is not completely certain. What we do know is that the decision to evict the jungle has been upheld after a legal challenge to halt the eviction by many associations that went before the court in Lille.
  • Even the Home Office seems to have realised that violently evicting a camp full of children might end in bad press, and the process of finally allowing minors eligible for reunification into the UK has reluctantly been started.
  • The past nights there have been small clashes and exchanges of teargas and projectiles between the CRS and camp inhabitants, largely provoked by the cops, who seem to be impatient and bored waiting for the eviction to start. Cops with teargas launchers have been spotted roaming around the jungle.
  • An empty hangar a short distance from the jungle on the Rue de Garennes has been fenced off and is guarded day and night. Rumours suggest this space may be used as a sorting centre for deciding where people should be sent during the eviction but this is not confirmed.
  • Yesterday, an incident took place in which a local fascist with a dog tried to stop people walking along their usual route to the jungle.
  • It was announced that no flammables or combustibles are allowed in the jungle until the 31st October including gas, petrol and heating oil. This is, at least to some extent, being enforced.

Evictions: Last 5 homes of refugees in Calais Ville destroyed, Apartheid alive and well in Calais

Video by Andrés Solla and Carmen Menendez


At around 7.30am this morning the largest of the three camps in town, inhabited by up to 300 Syrians, was evicted in traditional Calais style. A large contingent of Gendarmes, Police Nationale and BAC (undercover police) woke people up, giving them very little time to gather their belongings, and told them to go to the Jungle, the former landfill site on the outskirts of the town that serves as the only place where migrants will be tolerated. The Syrians chanted “no Jungle, no Jungle!” and sat down. They also linked arms across a bridge. The police attacked and pepper sprayed them and they moved en masse in the only direction open to them: the jungle.

They were frogmarched the 2.5 miles to the Jungle with a convoy of Gendarmes behind them. One man pictured below wearing a suit and a tricolore sash, appeared to be calling the shots all day. For many of the Syrians, this was their first time at the camp and they were unsure what to do.

On arriving at the Jungle, the police turned their attention to the dozens of tents pitched by the new arrivals at the entrance and told people to move everything back to the Jungle. A crowd from the Jungle gathered in front of the police lines. Giving people almost no notice, the police started ripping up tents and pushing people back. Some woke up to the site of armoured police dismantling their shelters from around them. We helped people save what they could, but many personal possessions were lost in the police violence. At least 6 people lost their passports, some lost money, phones with vital contacts on, others photos or details of dead or missing family. There were attempts to negotiate for some people to be allowed through the police lines to save their passports, but they were met with the stony glares of the automatons in riot gear. Diggers and council workers appeared beyond police lines to destroy and load the tents and belongings onto trucks for the municipal dump (no doubt the site of the next jungle once the current one becomes completely uninhabitable). No-one was allowed to go anywhere for several hours. In the face of this overwhelming and ridiculous show of state force, people showed defiance with chanting, singing and dancing that echoed loud under the bridge. The diversity and vibrancy of the crowd contrasted starkly with the line of fascists in navy blue boiler suits brandishing guns, batons and shields.

We went to the dump soon after to try and retrieve some belongings but found everything in a giant rubbish compactor already mixed up other waste, and were unable to save anything.

We later learnt that the two other, smaller camps in town were also evicted today, meaning that there are no  known migrant camps in Calais other than the jungle. It is clear that the 20 hectares or so that increasingly resembles a swamp is the limits of what will be tolerated for migrants in Calais. Large National Front posters are currently plastered all around the town. What the government most despises here is that migrants show their faces in the town centre and in the tourist areas, which is why the Jungle exists at all.


Vers 8h ce matin (21 septembre 2015, ndlt), le plus grand des trois campement de la ville, habité par plus de 300 syriens, a été expulsé dans la plus grande tradition calaisienne (il s’agit en fait de deux campements très proches, ndlt). Un important bataillon de la gendarmerie, de la police nationale et de la BAC a réveillé les gens, en leur laissant très peu de temps pour récupérer leurs affaires, et leur a dit de rejoindre la Jungle, située sur l’ancien site d’enfouissement des déchets, à la périphérie de la ville, seul lieu où les migrant-es sont tolérés. Les syriens ont scandé « pas de jungle, aucune jungle » et se sont assis par terre. Ils ont également bloqué un pont. Les flics ont attaqué, les ont pulvérisé au lacrymogène et ils se sont alors déplacés en groupe, dans l’unique direction qu’ils pouvaient prendre, celle de la jungle.

Ils ont été emmenés de force jusqu’à la jungle, suivit de près par un convoi de gendarmes. Un homme accoutré d’un costard et d’une écharpe tricolore semblait mener la danse de ces expulsions toute la journée. Pour la plupart des syriens, c’était la première fois qu’ils venaient au camp et ils ne savaient pas quoi faire.

En arrivant à la jungle, les flics ont portés leur attention vers les dizaines de tentes dressées par les nouveaux arrivants devant l’entrée et ils ont dit aux gens de se déplacer à l’intérieur de la jungle. Une foule de gens s’est alors rassemblée devant les lignes de police. Sans crier garde, les flics ont commencé à repousser les gens et à déchirer les tentes. Nous avons aidé les gens à sauver leurs affaires mais beaucoup de biens personnels ont été perdus dans ce moment de violence policière. Au moins six personnes ont perdu leur passeport, d’autres ont perdu de l’argent, des téléphones avec des numéros importants, d’autres des photos ou des infos sur leurs proches morts ou disparus. Il y a eu des tentatives de négocier pour que certaines personnes soient autorisées à passer de l’autre côté de la ligne de police pour sauver leurs passeports, mais ils ont été confrontés au peu d’esprit des automates en tenue anti-émeute. Les pelleteuses et les employés municipaux sont apparus au-delà des lignes de police, détruisant les tentes et jetant toutes les affaires dans des camions bennes et direction la déchetterie municipale (sans doute le prochain site de la jungle quand celle-ci sera devenue inhabitable). Pendant plusieurs heures suivant cette opération, personne n’a été autorisé à aller où que ce soit en dehors de la jungle.

Face à cette démonstration de force écrasante et ridicule de l’État, les gens ont fait preuve de défi en chantant, criant des slogans et dansant, faisant un bruyant écho. La diversité et le dynamisme de la foule contrastait nettement avec la ligne de fascistes en costume bleu, brandissant flingues, matraques et boucliers.

Nous sommes allés à la décharge peu de temps après pour essayer de récupérer quelques affaires, mais nous n’avons rien trouvé d’autre qu’un tas de déchets dans un gros compacteur d’ordure et ils a été impossible de récupérer quoi que ce soit.

Nous avons appris plus tard que les deux autres campements du centre-ville ont également été expulsés aujourd’hui, ce qui signifie qu’il n’y a plus d’autre campement connu à calais que la jungle. Il est clair que désormais les 20 hectares qui ressemblent de plus en plus à un marais est l’unique lieu de vie des migrants qui sera toléré à Calais.
Ce que le gouvernement méprise le plus ici c’est que les migrant-es montrent leurs visages dans le centre-ville et dans les zones touristiques, voilà pourquoi la jungle existe.


Evictions in Calais and Paris

Today the French police evicted the Squat Galloo and the jungle near the Leader Price supermarket. Opened in July 2014 by a collaoration between associations, migrants and activists, at one point home to over 300 people, Galloo was a space in Calais for people to gather, share a meal, charge phones, and rest. It was people’s home.

This morning at 6am the eviction at Galloo started by 10am the numbers of police had increased. The police surrounded the 12,000m square disused metal reclamation building blocking off all possible exits. People staying inside were given a limited time to collect possessions and were escorted from the building through a side entrance. Reports claim that 66 people were arrested and around 40 of them were taken to the detention center in Coqulles, although this is not confirmed. There is now security on the premises.

At the Leader Price Jungle, which had already experienced a semi-eviction earlier this year, scores of Gendarms cleared the area around the supermarket, forcing people from their sleeping spaces. There are reports of arrests from here aswell.

The new destination for the people ejected from their shelters, the open air prison on the outskirts of Calais, the new jungle surrounding the Jules Ferry Center. Those evicted today were those who had been resisting against the ‘voluntary’ move to the new day centre for over two months, having been pressured by the police and other state organisations to leave at the end of March. Here is a statement from the residents in Galloo, written back at the end of March to explain why they didn’t willingly move to the new centre.

This police operation was co-ordinated as well with the eviction of a large jungle in La Chapelle in Paris, which was home to over 350 people.



Why we are not moving ; from residents of Galloo

The end of March has come. There are many people who have, under the threat of eviction and violence from the police, gone to the new camp around Jules Ferry. However there are some people left in some of the old living places who have no intention to move.

Here is a statement from some residents of Galloo about why they are not going to leave

– In the new place there are no walls to protect the people from wind, it is open without any protection from the rain. The squat we have now protects us from the weather

-The new place can be controlled by the police and they will be able to make restrictions on people’s movement

-Government will not provide toilets or electricity or building in the new place

-This place we have now is near to the prefecture, and other associations and organisations some of us need to see for making aslyum in France

-Some people demand asylum in France and they have applied for a home. They decide not to go until they get their homes

-The new place is far from the centre and far away from where we normally live in Calais

– There is too much garbage in the new place and its not hygenic, many people will get sick

– His industrial area and there is too much smoke because of fire and plastic being burned

– There is bad drainage and there is too much grass, and the place is for hunting may be dangerous for being shooting by chased gun

-Some organisations which give food here can’t go with us to the new place

-There is not enough space for everyone

-It will be difficult for us to adapt to the new place