Calais refugees attacked with rubber bullets

This video from London, England says about itself:

Developers board up new Banksy criticising Calais ‘Jungle’ teargas treatment

25 January 2016

Banksy has created a new artwork criticising the tactics used in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais – but it was covered up with wood shortly after developers discovered it. The latest mural was drawn opposite the French Embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, and depicts the young girl from the musical Les Miserables with tears streaming from her eyes as a can of CS gas lies beneath her. The artwork includes an interactive QR code which, when scanned, links to a video of teargas and rubber bullets allegedly used in a police raid on migrants and refugees in the camp on January 5.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

French cops ‘use rubber bullets on Calais refugees

Thursday 4th February 2016

FRENCH police are using tear gas and rubber bullets against refugees living in the notorious Jungle camp outside Calais.

Manchester-based Refugee and Asylum Participator Action Research (Rapar), which has visited the camp to deliver vital humanitarian aid, released evidence of the attacks yesterday.

The camp contains 6,000 refugees living in appalling conditions of mud and squalor. Refugees in the Jungle sent some of the visiting groups photographic evidence of the injuries inflicted by police, including pictures of spent baton rounds.

Rapar member Rhetta Moran said: “Mohammed, an Afghan father of a toddler girl, sent Rapar photographs of rubber bullet wounds that he described as sustained by Calais refugee camp residents.”

Labour MEP Julie Ward has visited the camp, where French riot police tried to prevent her from getting in.

She said: “The use of tear gas, rubber bullets and physical force, such as I experienced, is insupportable when dealing with people who are dispossessed.

“The refugees should be protected from the extreme right-wing who lurk on the fringes of the camp, and vulnerable camp inhabitants should be given the humanitarian assistance they need.”

London-based Umjum Mirza, an assistant branch secretary of train drivers’ union Aslef, also visited the camp.

“We need to learn the lessons of history and let the refugees into Britain immediately,” he said.

Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence. Exclusive: Migrants accuse local police of failing to protect them from the beatings – and carrying out their own assaults: here.

24 thoughts on “Calais refugees attacked with rubber bullets

  1. Thursday 4th February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    FRENCH police demolished a Roma camp of hundreds along a railway line in Paris yesterday, claiming they acted out of concern about fires.

    Activist groups said that around 400 people had been living in makeshift shelters at the site, but many had left before police moved in.

    The remaining residents left peacefully yesterday morning.

    Thousands of Gypsies live in shanty towns around France, often without water or electricity. They routinely face discrimination and evictions.

    Tens of thousands of Roma from Romania and Bulgaria have been deported from France since 2009 in a policy initiated by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy in direct contravention of the EU Schengen agreement.

    Amnesty International urged Paris authorities to find a lasting housing solution and said that those expelled would become homeless in mid-winter — or just build a new camp elsewhere.


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