France de­ploys troops to raze refugee camp

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FRENCH po­lice are be­ing de­ployed as au­thor­i­ties be­gin dis­man­tling the “Jun­gle” refugee camp in Calais amid re­ports of scuf­fles with the set­tlers.

Demolition work­ers yes­ter­day started tear­ing down the grimy slum, where some 6 000 to 8 000 refugees, in­clud­ing 1 200 chil­dren, mainly from Afghanistan, Su­dan and Eritrea, have been liv­ing in dire con­di­tions.

The demolition is set to con­tinue through to­day. An in­te­rior min­istry spokesman said the demolition would start by hand and that bull­doz­ers would not roll in im­me­di­ately in an ef­fort to min­imise ten­sions.

De­spite those pledges, po­lice were be­ing de­ployed to “keep or­der” among the young refugees push­ing bar­ri­ers at the makeshift camp. Dozens of refugees re­port­edly jumped over rail­ings in an at­tempt to get to the camp’s tem­po­rary pro­cess­ing cen­tre, the first step to be­ing re­lo­cated in France, trig­ger­ing scuf­fles with po­lice.

Nes­tled in the sand dunes, the “Jun­gle” is a sym­bol of Europe’s failed refugee poli­cies as mem­ber states bicker over who should take in asy­lum-seek­ers.

Many of those who crowded at the camp’s tem­po­rary pro­cess­ing cen­tre iden­ti­fied them­selves as un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors with rel­a­tives across the English Chan­nel in Bri­tain.

Chris­tian Salome, head of the Au­berge des Migrants char­ity, said as many as 2 000 res­i­dents of the camp may not be will­ing to leave.

More than 1 200 po­lice and of­fi­cials have al­ready been de­ployed in the north­ern port city in what Paris calls a “hu­man­i­tar­ian” op­er­a­tion. — PressTV.

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