A Sad Day in Calais
The french authorities started at 7am going door to door telling the refugees you have one hour to leave your house or it will be destroyed and you will be arrested.
Last week the French officials were on TV saying this would be done humanely and with the co operation of the aid workers. However today’s show of force with over 200 police officers in full body armour with batons and shields is not an approach which asks for co operation.
The forceful way in which this is being carried out, this destroying of homes puts a lot of psychological pressure on the refugees in the camp who have already been through so much.
Care4Calais thinks that this destruction is a terrible waste. If the intention was truly just to move people to better accommodation why is there such a rush to destroy these shelters left behind rather than leave them here for new arrivals? The court case demonstrated there are around 1000 places available in the containers and new camps combined, and we currently have over 5000 here in Calais.