French po­lice use tear gas to dis­perse Calais camp res­i­dents

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

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.

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