French police and migrants clash near ‘Jungle’ camp
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. –
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.