French police use tear gas to disperse Calais camp residents
French police yesterday fired tear gas to disperse people throwing stones toward them amid rising tensions ahead of the planned dismantling of a slum-like refugee camp near the English Channel.
A small group of asylum seekers on Saturday night kicked and threw rocks at police stationed inside the camp and behind a highway fence that runs along a part of the camp that was razed earlier this year.
An officer grazed by a thrown object briefly retreated from an area by the entrance of the current camp.
French authorities say a heavy police presence is planned for the week-long dismantling scheduled to start today.
The camp in Calais, nicknamed the “jungle,” has become a symbol of Europe’s inability to accommodate the inflow of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.