French po­lice and mi­grants clash near ‘Jun­gle’ camp

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRENCH po­lice used tear gas and wa­ter can­non to put down vi­o­lent clashes with mi­grants and ac­tivists who at­tempted to hold a banned rally be­side the squalid “Jun­gle” camp in Calais, re­gional author­i­ties said.

The con­fronta­tion, the worst since Fe­bru­ary, lasted some three hours, and three po­lice of­fi­cers were slightly in­jured from stones hurled by some of the mi­grants.

Ten­sions mounted in the “Jun­gle”, set to be closed by win­ter, af­ter a demon­stra­tion planned on Oc­to­ber 1 by a group work­ing with mi­grants was banned by lo­cal author­i­ties.

Since the gath­er­ing was banned, po­lice sought to push the protesters back in­side the camp, he said.

The masked mi­grants and ac­tivists, many of them British, be­gan throw­ing stones and other ob­jects at po­lice. Riot po­lice re­sponded by fir­ing 700 tear gas grenades and us­ing a wa­ter can­non to dis­perse the protesters. Some 200 ad­di­tional po­lice were sent to the area be­fore the sit­u­a­tion had calmed down.

The clashes were the worst since Fe­bru­ary 29 when op­er­a­tions be­gan to dis­man­tle the south­ern part of the camp, leav­ing five peo­ple in­jured.

Be­tween 7000 and 10,000 mi­grants are cur­rently liv­ing in the mi­grant camp. –

Photo: AFP

A par­tic­i­pant waves the Union Jack in front of French anti-riot po­lice dur­ing a march in sup­port of mi­grants and refugees in the so-called Jun­gle camp.

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