Following the callout (http://www.archive.lasthours.org.uk/news/urgent-call-for-solidarity-with-migrants-in-calais/) to help stop the eviction and mass deportation of the ‘jungles’ in Calais, France, people responded, travelling from the UK, Belgium and from within France. These ‘jungles’ are where people who have travelled across Europe wait in makeshift shelters, with little food or medical assistance, for their nightly attempts to get onto lorries making the crossing to the UK. Activists monitored the police, who shot tear gas into the jungles and stopped and detained migrants on the streets. In the words of supporters: “The racism of police actions was visible in their removal of black sans papiers while white activists refusing to show ID were let go as we watched our friends being taken away giving us the thumbs up from the windows of the unmarked police van.” The police have backed down from clearing the jungles this week and the planned charter flight to mass deport people is delayed, however the situation remains precarious and harassment is intensifying.
Support is still needed. Activists have also been skillsharing with migrants and supporting them practically with medical supplies and things like sleeping bags, and links between the communities are being forged in the shared resistance to Fortress Europe’s repression.
See http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/ for more on what is happening and how to help/get involved.
NEW INFO LINES If you are coming to Calais to show solidarity and want information call (from UK) 0033 634810710, (from France) 0634810710